The Indonesian Grand Prix , the second round of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship, gave a lot of ideas and not only for the deluge that affected the plans of the teams and riders. Let’s go, therefore, to decree who is promoted and who rejected after the Mandalika match that crowned Miguel Oliveira.
Miguel Oliveira (KTM) : the winner that no one would have expected in yesterday’s race, but he hits the victory with full merit despite the very wet asphalt. The Austrian bike proves to be interesting and performing, after a winter in which no one had taken it into consideration. Vittoria who gives a mouthful of oxygen to the Lusitanian after not easy months.
Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha): perhaps the real big winner of yesterday’s race. After an excellent qualifying he also surpasses in the wet, after his M1 had stammered a lot in these conditions in recent years. He does the maximum possible and wins 20 very heavy points. A world champion race, with no ifs and buts.
Johann Zarco (Ducati): welcome back! When it rains, the Frenchman always knows how to get the most out of his bike and he confirmed it yesterday as well. He runs wisely managing every moment of the Grand Prix in the best possible way. He knows perfectly well that his place in Pramac will be in the balance in view of 2023, so he tries to start his year in the best possible way.
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Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) : after the “zero” in Qatar, he doesn’t go beyond 15th position in Mandalika. “Pecco” has never been exceptional in the wet, but in the final of last season he had taken important steps forward. Yesterday’s result (with several errors) further underlines his difficult start to the season. One point in two outings is far too little for a title candidate.
Marc Marquez (Honda): four crashes in the Indonesian weekend and the last one (that of the warm-up) that expelled him from the race. So we are not there. The Cabroncito had promised he would ride cleaner and more accurate with the new Honda, but at Mandalika he didn’t keep his promise. This “zero” is very heavy at the championship level but, above all, it undermines his confidence and body again.