2022 Silverstone MotoGP Race Result: Close Encounters Of The Moto3 Kind

The premier class truly made the best of the beautiful conditions at Silverstone and served a Moto3-style special, with a sizeable group of contenders keen to challenge for the podium. Despite the strong competition over 20 laps, Pecco Bagnaia returned to the top step of the podium to claim back to back victories and give Ducati only their second victory at the track. The Italian was in familiar company in parc fermé, with Maverick Viñales taking back to back podiums in second and Jack Miller also joining his teammate in third.

Poleman Johann Zarco had made a strong start off the line and immediately found himself in the company of compatriot Fabio Quartararo and with the factory Ducatis in tow, Miller ahead of Bagnaia. Alex Rins proved that he hadn’t forgotten his way around Silverstone as he went from 11th on the grid to 5th on the opening lap, ahead of both Aprilias, while teammate Joan Mir also got ahead of Jorge Martin and Miguel Oliveira. On the other hand, the likes of Enea Bastianini, Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini dropped out of the top 10 on the opening lap.

Zarco and Quartararo quickly extended a slight gap over the Ducatis, but not enough to keep the world champion ahead by the time he had to serve his long lap penalty on lap 4. He was somewhat helped by Rins, who started mingling with the Ducatis and slowing them down, the Frenchman rejoining the action behind the trio, in fifth position. Zarco was left in a slightly more comfortable lead but while all eyes were on Quartararo’s long lap adventure, the poleman slid out of contention at turn 8, after only five laps. Miller inherited the lead but was immediately under pressure from Rins, the Silverstone specialist taking control of the leading pack by the end of lap 6.

With Rins immediately attempting an escape at the front, Quartararo was struggling to keep up with the two factory Ducatis and had Martin sniffing around. The Pramac man breezed past the Yamaha on the Hangar Straight to join his colleagues’ chase of Rins, although the Suzuki’s advantage was nearing one full second by lap 8. The gap started slowly coming down once Bagnaia picked up the chase, while the exchanges between Miller and Martin allowed Quartararo and the Aprilias to get closer, although the chasing group was still significant in numbers, the likes of Mir, Oliveira, Binder and Bastianini still in contention. While Bagnaia was reeling in Rins, Viñales was the man on the move amongst the chasers, getting past Quartararo and closing the slight gap to the Ducatis ahead, keeping the Yamaha at a safe distance.

Bagnaia was right on Rins’ tail at the halfway point of proceedings and the attack came two laps later at Stowe, the Italian taking the lead with nine laps remaining, but not stretching much of an advantage at the front. He was helped somewhat by teammate Miller getting past Rins with 7 laps left, but the leading pack was still pretty sizable with 10 men still in contention. Bastianini was the fastest man of the lot at this stage, despite losing some aero appendages early in the race, and the Gresini rider swiftly got past Oliveira, Aleix Espargaro and Mir and set off to challenge Quartararo, who was a trickier proposition. The leading group reduced slightly when Mir crashed out of 8th position with six laps remaining.

Despite a track limits warning on his scorecard, Bagnaia maintained a half second advantage over Miller and Rins in the next few laps, while Viñales finally found a way around Martin to claim fourth and Bastianini settled the score with Quartararo for sixth. Viñales’ charge continued as he overtook a fading Rins with four laps remaining and then attacked Miller one lap later. That left the Spaniard with a six-tenth deficit to recover on Bagnaia over the remaining three laps and Viñales was already attacking the Italian on the penultimate lap.

The duo entered the final lap separated by only a couple tenths of a second, but a scrappy last lap from Viñales allowed Bagnaia to take the chequered flag with four tenths of a second’s advantage. Viñales and Miller joined him on the podium, with Bastianini getting past Rins and Martin in consecutive laps to claim fourth place. Martin kept fifth, while Oliveira’s late charge demoted Rins another position to seventh. Despite still feeling the consequences of his FP4 high-side over 20 long laps, Aleix Espargaro still had a go at Quartararo on the final lap, but the Frenchman reclaimed eighth place, leaving the Aprilia man ninth. Marco Bezzecchi rounded out the second closest top 10 in premier class history, the rookie only 6.6 seconds behind the winner.

Although seemingly underwhelmed by the result, Quartararo extends his advantage in the world title battle to 22 points over Espargaro, while victor Bagnaia closes the gap to 49 points. Bastianini’s late charge gains him one position in the standings, but at a distant 62 points from the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 40:10.2600
2 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 0.426
3 43 Jack Miller Ducati 0.614
4 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1.651
5 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1.750
6 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 2.727
7 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 3.021
8 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 3.819
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 3.958
10 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 6.646
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 7.730
12 10 Luca Marini Ducati 13.439
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 13.706
14 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 13.906
15 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 16.359
16 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 20.805
17 73 Alex Marquez Honda 21.099
18 87 Remy Gardner KTM 24.579
19 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 28.773
20 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 33.653
21 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 35.601
22 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 36.460
Not Classified
  36 Joan Mir Suzuki 28:07.7790
  5 Johann Zarco Ducati 17:42.9750
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2022
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I think at some level it will. I have no idea if it will ever reach that level. I have no idea what that level is but they did build the death star and destroy Alderaan so obviously er....Call it a prediction with opt outs ;)

Fantastic race. How good was Enea Bastianini? Looks like MV has his mojo back, and pretty much the top half of the field are hungry and wanting to win. 

It's quite wholesome to see MV getting support from the fans and even moreso the passion down in that Aprilia garage. They really do live by that "family" atmosphere. they sought to create and it looks like it was just what Mav needed to start moving himself back to the front. Bravo. 

a lot of people have been eager to write him off, so I'm thrilled to see him happy and fast.  That said, I think the real test will be when he hits a dry patch and the results aren't coming.  In the past that has really thrown him for a loop.  I hope the new Mav copes with it better than the old one and bounces back.

I was so so glad he didn't go for one of his left-field tyre choices. So many times he makes a random change on the grid (that is more often than not totally out of line with what anyone else is racing). 

Aleix, Maverick and Aprilia are each great underdog/rebirth stories in their own right. Together all three of them are feature film plot ready. 

If you've seen the race please don't make comments revealing what happened, on articles that describe or summarize Saturday's action. If you can't wait until until race results are posted to comment, why not make your post on Zara's Sunday morning warm-up recap. Anyway, no spoilers, please.

Thanks, much appreciated.

You expect the rest of the world to wait for you to catch up before commenting?  How about you take control and avoid any sites that are going to spoil your viewing pleasure and let everybody else get on with it!

Nah. Not everyone can watch it live. Fair enough posting on a race summary but posting race results in the Saturday qualifying article seems a bit unnecessary. We’re subscribers here to get the full picture and Id guess most people like to read the Saturday analysis before going into the race without the race getting spoiled. 

Fair play, apologies St Steve. It wasn't a rush to comment on the race so much as my prediction of a Zarco win and the curse I had placed upon him. Didn't think. I went to see who the culprit was....ahhh me.

Thanks. Sorry for the whinging, if I were a better fan I would set the alarm for 4am here in CA. I too would have enjoyed seeing Zarco finally win one.

It's not whinging, it's info. Now I or we can think twice before commenting. Should have know better anyway. That's the first race in a good while I have found myself shouting and waving my fist at the screen. A Mav win would have been a nice ending but the boy done good. Good result for the championship, Peco is just shy of having the title within his own hands. Eight races and 49 points. The dice will be thrown up in the air again for sure but now with a little luck he's a contender. I do sometimes wonder if Peco's 4 DNFs mean he has had his share and shall have no more. Or, his up and down results are a trend that will continue. By that thinking though, Fabio is due a few non finishes. I really hope it continues until the end.

2022 British GP?

Work Of Art

2017 is my favorite season. It looks to be getting a good go from 2022?

I guess there are many reasons for such poor attendance stats and when you switch TV coverage to Pay To View many less committed fans simply people walk away from the sport. Probably also has a bearing that the date move to the middle of the school holidays clashes with many families being away on their hols. 

I noticed that. But still the commentators carried on about "packed grandstands". I suppose that's what happens when you have English commentators calling a race in England!

They tend to say that wherever they are, they’re in the business of bigging the sport up, understandably.

I guess when they say ‘packed grandstands’ they mean err.. the Luffield stand and the Village B stand.. as we can clearly see the rest were empty.

I remember only a few years ago 90k we’re turning up on race day.

Silverstone (or any of the other ex-airfields) was never very good value for money even in the ‘70’s, when you could damn near stand trackside in some areas. Nowadays you’re almost sitting in Brackley. I guess people like me, despite living within spitting distance, aren’t willing to shell out hundreds of pounds for a ‘retail experience’, even if it does come with the heady roar and perfume of the racetrack.

Having watched MotoGP twice at Silverstone I am not in a big hurry to go back. the grandstands that us plebs can buy tickets to were all full to bursting while the grandstands for those who don't want to acknowledge the existence of the great unwashed were all empty. After asking a steward if we could use said grandstands as we had 'roving' grandstand tickets (read sell twice as many tickets as available seats and sod them!) and no available seats we were told NO. They are all reserved for extra special lovely people and you're not one of them. 

Had the exact same thing happen to me pre Covid when I went to watch a round of the World Endurance Championship. Unable to sit in the allocated stand I tried to gain access to one of the many deserted stands and got nowhere. And that’s the last time Silverstone got a penny of my money.

Anybody remember what tires he had on? Quartararo said everyone but him was on a hard rear, but I thought Rins was on a medium. Ta.