October began with another perturbation in the top of the MotoGP World Championship: Fabio Quartararo lost a pack of points, which was immediately picked up by his competitors from Ducati. Just think: for 7 races held in the second half of the season, the reigning champion did not receive 89 points – as many as Pecco Bagnaia managed to recover!..
Will Pecco be able to finish off the Yamaha pilot for the remaining three races of the 2022 season?
If Ducati Lenovo Team had not made a number of organizational mistakes at the beginning of the year, Francesco Bagnaia would now be leading MotoGP with an advantage of 80-90 points. Rather, he could have already become the champion ahead of schedule in Buriram – now there are only 75 points left in the draw.
Ducati still made a number of miscalculations, which allowed Quarararo to seize the lead after the Portuguese Grand Prix and hold it until now, despite a number of failed races. And Fabio is still the leader!
The last three Grands Prix are 50/50: according to the head of the Quartararo team Diego Gubellini, Fabio has no reason to voluntarily surrender, because the three final races will be held on tracks where Yamaha was previously among the favorites. Sepang may be a problem, but Phillip Island is technically a good fit for YZR-M1 and Fabio.
You can’t discount Aleix: after the Austrian Grand Prix, someone said that “Espargaro has already fallen off” and, as it were, lost the fuse for the fight for the title. But Aprilia Racing doesn’t think so. A strange race in Buriram, where Aleix finished outside the TOP 10, nevertheless allowed him… reduce the gap from Quartararo to 20 points – the entire TOP 3 now fits into 20 points. Always remember what he did in Argentina and Assen – what this family veteran is really capable of!
Bastianini?.. Miller?.. It is probably pointless to refute the fact that command orders exist in Ducati – yes, they exist, just in a different form. Every time Tardozzi or Ciabatti says the opposite, even in their words there is a confirmation of this fact. “Ducati drivers know what they have to do,” Davide Tardozzi said before the race in Burirarama. And Joan Zarco-he knew exactly what he had to do! He covered the Bagnaia with himself, protecting him from possible attacks by Marquez. Do I need more proof? Of course, no orders, because the Ducati pilots are smart enough and cut the chip. They are under contract with Borgo Panigale and do not want to lose it. Well, except Miller, who finally wants to snatch 2-3 bonuses for the podium. And here is Enea Bastianini… how bright he will be in the last three races is the question. Enea has exceeded his mission for 2022 by 150%: having won the Manufacturers’ Cup for Ducati, he moves to the factory team so that the position in the championship for him no longer matters at all.
According to Diego Gubellini, the fate of the title will be decided in the very last race of the season at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia…