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MotoGP, the new season begins with the first free practice of the Qatar GP, Bagnaia and Marquez challenge Quartararo


Today, Friday 4 March 2022, a historical page of MotoGP will be written . The 2022 World Championship will begin. The weekend of the Qatar Grand Prix will begin but, above all, the first free practice session of the post-Valentino Rossi will begin. After 26 years, in fact, the “Doctor” will no longer be part of the World Championship, and everything will take on a different flavor. One of the greatest legends ever, perhaps “the greatest” ever, has decided to say enough with two wheels, but whoever is left will certainly not regret it.

Today’s program includes the first free practice session from 11.40 am Italian (13.40 local time) while the second will start at 16.00. The first 90 minutes of real action on the track that will allow us to understand in more detail if, what we saw during the pre-season tests in Sepang and Mandalika, were reality and not a skilled fiction of those who preferred to hide.

The new vintage will start with Fabio Quartararo against everyone . The reigning world champion is the first to know, but he will have to react to the attacks of his rivals with an M1 which, to use a broad turn of phrase, did not satisfy him during the winter sessions. Engine power has not improved, and the very long Losail straight is in danger of becoming something of an ordeal for the Frenchman.

We will see, right away, if Francesco Bagnaia and the Ducatis will really be as fit as demonstrated in recent weeks, while great curiosity hovers around Marc Marquez . If, in fact, the Cabroncito is again at 100% from a physical point of view, for the opponents it will be a really hard nut to handle. Magnifying glass also on Suzuki and Aprilia , to understand if they will confirm the improvements made, such as the large Italian patrol, from Franco Morbidelli to Marco Bezzecchi, passing through Andrea Dovizioso, Luca Marini and Enea Bastianini , looking for a place in the Qatari sun.

Credit: Press