Moto GP – British GP – Race
After a long 42-day waiting time, the lights went off once again, annoncing the start of the second half of the 2022 MotoGP championship. At a warm sunny day in Silverstone
First laps of the race saw the Pramac rider Johann Zarco protecting the lead from the pole position, meanwhile there was some movement at the mix. With Viñales suffering yet another poor start, like his Yamaha days, and also a close call between Jorge Martin and Enea Bastianini that fortunately only ended with some minor damage on the Gresini bike. Meanwhile championship leader had to take a long-lap penalty after a previous penalty he had to serve after an incident on Assen.
As the race developed, the gap in the leading riders still was quite alike, as there was no significant pace differential between the riders. The riders that was making moves was Alex Rins, the 2019 race winner was quicky gaining positions, after the big race start that the rider had. As the Spaniard was closely on Jack Miller’s Ducati, drama develop as the race leader Johann Zarco went down and lost any opportunity for a race win.
As the race developed, it quicky became a battle of which rider would manage the bike pace though the rest of the race, as bikers were constantly attacking each other and attempting to climb places at the standings. The Tv broadcast was constantly focusing the championship inplications, as Quartararo was still searching for a optimal pace, meanwhile some places behind, Aleix Espargaro was looking to stay close of the leading group, as the Aprillia rider had to suffer the pain of yesterday’s crash.
With the race entering the final laps, the 2 riders to highlight were Enea Bastianini and Maverick Viñales. As both were developing a better pace compared to the rest of the grid. Bastianini gained on Aleix, Quartararo and Martin, fighting for a top 5 spot, meanwhile Viñales overtook Quartararo, Martin, Bastianini, Rins and was on the hunt of the two Ducatis up front.
It didn’t had much problem with Jack Miller, as the Aussie’s rear tire was losing grip. Race for the win was a intense one, with the Spaniard gaining tenths on the Italian, as the Ducati was able to respond to the constant attacks of the Aprillia. The contest ended with Bagnaia holding the lead, against a charging Viñales, with Jack Miller also holding the podium against the Gresini bike of Enea Bastianini.
1. Francesco Bagnaia /// 2. Maverick Viñales /// 3. Jack Miller
4. Enea Bastianini /// 5. Jorge Martin /// 6. Miguel Oliveira
7. Alex Rins /// 8. Fabio Quartararo /// 9. Aleix Espargaro
10. Marco Bezzecchi /// 11. Brad Binder /// 12. Luca Marini
13. Takaaki Nakagami /// 14. Pol Espargaro /// 15. Franco Morbidelli
16. Andrea Dovizioso /// 17. Alex Marquez ///18. Remy Gardner
19. Stefan Brald /// 20. Darryl Binder /// 21. Raul Fernandez /// 22. Fabio Di Giannantonio
DNF: Alex Rins, Johann Zarco
A thrilling and intense battle that sees Bagnaia cutting his gap at the championship standings with Fabio Quartararo, meanwhile Aleix Espargaro saves the weekend by minimizing the damage, after a complicated weekend. Next stop, Austria, on 2 weeks from today.