Motorcycling: Everything for “Pecco”, who with Fabio?

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motorcyclingEverything for “Pecco”, who with Fabio?

Despite the numbers (again) saying the opposite, the World Championship will be relaunched after the British GP. Because the Ducati Armada is becoming more and more menacing.

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Jean Claude Schertenleib

Our specialist journalist Jean-Claude Schertenleib tells you all about MotoGP.

49 points difference, while 200 are still in the game: logical, because mathematically Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia should not be able to come back to Fabio Quartararo until the end of the championship. Even more so when we know that the gap between the winner of a race and his first runner-up is only five points, that there is only nine points between the winner and the third man on the podium.

Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo seems unbeatable in the title race.

Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo seems unbeatable in the title race.

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Bearing that reality in mind, even if the Ducati rider who just won the last two GPs won every race, including the final at Valencia, and the defending champion finished second every time, it would indeed be the French again would the lucky one. Lucky for the show, too bad for Quartararo, racing will never be an exact science and on Sunday night the trend in the Silverstone paddock was once again towards the ‘red’ side of Ducati, despite Bagnaia’s four zeros from the start. of the season (three penalties on his part, the Italian falling victim to Nakagami’s first-corner mistake at the Catalunya GP).

Ducati: home advantage

Italian Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia.

Italian Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia.

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First element to consider: the remaining tracks in the 2022 program. The Red Bull Ring in Spielberg is historically a Ducati site (Martin won the first of the two races there last year, Bagnaia was second in the second on the day Brad Binder (KTM) reinvented riding on slicks on a wet track).

Misano, next: Pecco beat Quartararo there twelve months ago. Aragon? Remember September 12, 2021 and the impressive duel that Bagnaia had against Marc Márquez (yes…) which in turn had ended in favor of the Italian rider. The Valencia final? No discussion: in 2021 Bagnaia won there at the top of a Ducati trifecta! So much for the four European stages.

What about the four overseas races in October? Covid committed, we have to go back to 2019 to find benchmarks and 2019 is already very far in time as Marc Márquez was such a presence at the time that he had also prevailed in Thailand, Japan and Australia before coming second became Malaysia. In Australia, Honda had even signed the double (Crutchlow second): when we told you it was about a different time!

… and numerical advantage

Even more important than the specifics of the various circuits that await us is the comparison of the forces involved. And there is no picture there, as we find eight Ducati against one Yamaha. Just one, that of Quartararo as Morbidelli is no help to him, that Dovizioso has two races left before retiring and being replaced by Cal Crutchlow and that Darryn Binder, diligent as he is, still has much to learn.

At Ducati it’s quite the opposite: Jack Miller is a perfect body and soul guard – Mister Jack gruffly replied to a British colleague last Thursday when he returned to Bagnaia, Ibiza, a victim of a drunken road trip on holiday – from Bagnaia.

Even if they play the second factory driver between them, Enea Bastianini and Jorge Martin won’t try the impossible against the brand’s No. 1, while Johann Zarco, Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini (watch those two, Misano!) can all hope Sunday to place in front of Quartararo. message understood? With every subsequent Bagnaia victory, the reigning world champion does not necessarily end up second, especially as Quartararo knows full well alongside the Ducati armada that the two Aprilias of Aleix Espargaró and Maverick Viñales are serious contenders for the podium places. The numbers may still say the opposite, but the championship is truly revived.


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