2022 Jerez MotoGP Race Result: Predictable But Entertainingly So

A roaring and radiant Jerez set the scene for the premier class race, the warmth of the asphalt matching the welcome from the packed stands and hills around the beloved Spanish circuit. Although the 25-lap race was not exactly stuffed with overtakes, the crowds were rewarded with some spectacular performances in the podium battle and a fifth different winner of the season. Although he spent the race under constant pressure from the reigning world champion, Pecco Bagnaia withstood all of that to lead the way from start to finish and return to the top step of the podium. Fabio Quartararo came within two tenths of a second of victory and although he could not find a way around the faultless Italian, he managed to extend his hold on the championship standings. Meanwhile, Aleix Espargaro showed the patience of a saint in the race-long battle for third and eventually found the perfect opportunity to lose Aprilia their concessions with another podium.

Bagnaia was on a mission from the moment the lights went off on the grid, as Ducati’s holeshot was not to be defeated and helping him keep prime position from pole, ahead of Quartararo, while fellow front row starter Espargaro dropped behind Jack Miller, Takaaki Nakagami and Marc Marquez. Keen to find some clean air, Quartararo was immediately looking for a gap around Bagnaia but was unable to challenge the Ducati in the early stages. However, the duo built up a half second advantage over the pursuers led by Miller over the first couple of laps, the gap growing to a full second by lap four. While Miller pushed to bridge that gap, Marquez quickly picked up Nakagami for 4th and the Japanese rider started losing ground to the likes of Aleix Espargaro and Joan Mir, finding himself one second behind the pursuit by lap six. Having started outside of the top 10 of the grid, Enea Bastianini and Alex Rins were still stuck there after the first few laps, but at least were still in the game, unlike Jorge Martin, who took a tumble on the opening lap.

The calm before the storm set in after the first handful of laps, Bagnaia and Quartararo with a pace of their own and a comfortable advantage over the pending battle for the final podium position between Miller, Marquez and Espargaro, Mir losing a bit of ground on lap six by going wide at the first corner. As predicted, Bagnaia and Quartararo were untouchable at the front, the Frenchman keeping close but biding his time for an attack, while also dropping Miller four seconds back by lap 10, the Australian under pressure from a very determined Marquez. While Aleix Espargaro was keeping a close eye on the battle for that final podium position, Mir lost even more ground, soon to be challenged by Nakagami for sixth place. Marco Bezzecchi was leading the fight for eighth position, with Bastianini finally joining the top 10, helped by a crash from Johann Zarco. Meanwhile, Rins was around two seconds behind the top 10 places but a big moment at turn 12 took him on the scenic gravel route and he rejoined outside of the top 20, only recovering a couple of positions by the time the chequered flag waved.

As the race entered its second half, Bagnaia seemed to put some space in between himself and Quartararo, the Yamaha man dropping almost a second behind the leader, but Quartararo heeded the warning and quickly picked up the pace to close the gap, while giving himself some space to spare his tyres. Six seconds back and counting, Marquez wiggled around trying to find a solution to the Miller conundrum but didn’t appreciate the Ducati’s speed, with Espargaro keeping close and saving his bid for the podium for the closing stages of the race. Marquez finally made his move with five laps to go, Miller taking his turn to apply pressure on the Honda but then Aleix Espargaro saw an opportunity to take two for the price of one at the final corner, attacking Miller while Marquez was distracted with an old-style elbow-scraping save. Miller also demoted the unsettled Spaniard by turn one and the shenanigans briefly allowed Mir to join the podium party, but it was more of a taster than a rave. Once Aleix Espargaro hit clean air, he quickly put a second’s gap into the rest of the group, while Marquez was once again stuck staring at Miller’s exhaust.

All that metaphorical cloud build-up but the storm never arrived, Bagnaia entering the final lap with a half second advantage and although Quartararo got closer throughout the lap, the Italian was untouchable until the chequered flag. The Frenchman will find some consolation in the ten second gap over the rest of the pack and the fact he is once more the sole leader in the world championship. Aleix Espargaro’s impeccable timing and sliver of luck secured him back-to-back podiums, while Marquez couldn’t sit still until he got past Miller for fourth on the final lap, to the delight of the fans sat around turn eight. Mir very briefly looked like a podium contender towards the end but settled for sixth, ahead of Nakagami, while Bastianini eventually found a way past Bezzecchi to take eighth place. Brad Binder saved a top 10 for KTM, while Rins’ 19th position lost him significant ground in the title chase.

Quartararo’s second place leaves him with a seven-point advantage over Aleix Espargaro in the championship standings, with Bastianini climbing into third and tied with Rins on a 20-point deficit. Bagnaia jumps into fifth following his impressive victory, 33 points behind the leader, same as Mir.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 41:00.5540
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 0.285
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 10.977
4 93 Marc Marquez Honda 12.676
5 43 Jack Miller Ducati 12.957
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 13.934
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 14.929
8 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 18.436
9 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 18.830
10 33 Brad Binder KTM 20.056
11 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 20.856
12 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 23.131
13 73 Alex Marquez Honda 25.306
14 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 27.358
15 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 27.519
16 10 Luca Marini Ducati 29.278
17 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 35.204
18 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 35.361
19 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 38.922
20 87 Remy Gardner KTM 43.378
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 44.299
22 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 67.681
Not Classified
  40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 08:24.6310
  6 Stefan Bradl Honda 17:00.2050
  5 Johann Zarco Ducati 14:55.6320
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2022
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A very ominous performance. Aleix spends all race behind two riders unable to pass, vanishes once he does get past. Fabio's front tyre cooks off from trying to run with Peco....and that's the race. Oh no, I forgot, whatever Honda are paying Marc Marquez, Dorna should match it and give it to Marc as some sort of stipend. As far as what was seen on the website, all of the excitement was as a direct result of Marc. How long until they introduce an overtaking aid voted for by viewers ? Wings will kill this sport and force the commentators to get shouty when there's no reason to get shouty...they're there already. However, Mav was 22nd at the end of lap 1, finished 14th. The TV stayed on the fight that never happened and luckily the fight that eventually happened.

I'm talking Fabio and Aleix. Clearly they are to Yamaha and Apriia current what Marc has been to Honda for several years and still is. The Ducati dominance was remarkable in spite of the Pramac team having a bad day at the office. Lenovo, Pramac, Gresini, Mooney...GP22, GP21 or hybrid seems to make no difference, one or two of the eight at least will shine on the day. They just need that Marc or Casey or Jorge level rider to string a bunch of wins together all season long to grab their first tripple crown. Pecco showed a flash of it today. Can he sustain it ? I'm still leaning towards Enea as the one. It was an iffy day at Suzuki and Honda. A really good ride by Nakagami. I guess either he or Alex Marquez are going to have to make way for Ai Ogura next year. Vinales ? KTM ? Binder is stuck until the end of 2024 with what is looking like the career killer of yore that Ducati was until about 6 years ago. Fernandez has been bitten and is nowhere. Darryn Binder, regularly and increasingly sticking it to Remy's full spec KTM on a spare parts Yamaha until he crashes it. Yet a Yamaha that is getting closer to Dovi's and Frankie's full spec bikes with each outing on the time sheets. Miguel Oliveira has to be looking to other options but where are they ?. Life at KTM is tough without concessions. How will Aprilia fare going forward ? Back at Ducati, Jorge Martin's contract for factory must be under the cosh if he has one. Jack back to Pramac and Bastia to factory would be smart.

So i'm not the only one thinking about this race and having a bad feeling?

Some rumors say the main problem is the spoon spoiler on the rear, does anyone have a broader knowledge?

Good day Wolfer123. Pecco and Jack Miller didn't use the rear tyre cooling gadget at Jerez.

It hasn't been seen on the works Ducks all season to the best of my recollection.

The imitators are using spoons. "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."

I don't think the 'spoon' would make a big difference. It's sitting right behind a big spinning wheel with calipers. Although there's been a lot of work on cleaning up the air around the front wheel I think the spoon sits in a messy place regardless. Ducati, Honda and Yamaha weren't running them. I don't know if the spoon is a problem. I do think the wings have changed the bikes a lot.

It is Jerez, the field is very tight. Short of the big stoppies like turn 13 it can produce a nice flowing line of bikes. If dirty air did hurt your bike in the turns then 4, 5, 7, 8, 11 and 12 might be a bit depressing. I think it's just one race. I do worry that the aero will be ever evolving and refined and more sensitive. Maybe if the races start to produce a 'standard' gap between bikes up and down the field then it's an issue.