With the Sachsenring done and dusted, we have reached the halfway point of the 2022 season. A quick dash from the east of Germany to the northeast of The Netherlands, and then MotoGP goes on a longer than scheduled summer break.
If the German Grand Prix marked the halfway point of the 2022 season – the median, if you will – then the result might be classified in statistical terms as the mode: the most frequently occurring value in a set of results. If you had to sum up the MotoGP season so far, this is what it would look like.
I have a long motorcycle journey on Monday, so below are a few quick notes after the German GP, and what precisely makes it the modal MotoGP race. But also, some of the factors which make it atypical. And a sign of hope for the future of the series.
In these notes:
- Fabio Quartararo puts on a masterclass in how to win a championship
- Why his rivals failed
- Why Pecco Bagnaia crashed out
- The Ducati conundrum
- When ride-height devices go wrong
- Hot-hot-hot Hondas
- Races vs events, and why the fans turn up at one race, but not another.
But we start with what made the German GP so representative of the season so far. Obviously, Fabio Quartararo winning convincingly and extending his championship lead is pretty much par for the course. His rivals finding ways to beat themselves, trip themselves up, or just suffer plain bad luck is also pretty typical for this season. Ducatis being successful, but in ever-changing configurations and orders, is very 2022. Suzukis crashing, Honda being nowhere without Marc Marquez, technology letting everyone down, riders blaming the Michelin tires (rightly or wrongly), the second Yamaha finishing 29 seconds behind Quartararo (Franco Morbidelli was nearly a second a lap slower than his teammate). A familiar story indeed.
The king is dead, long live the king
But first, to the 2022 MotoGP champion-in-waiting, Fabio Quartararo. How does the Frenchman come away from a race where he faced a strong challenge from Pecco Bagnaia having extended his lead in the title chase and reinforced his dominance in the championship? Two factors.
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