2022 MotoGP Round 9: Fabio Quartararo Shines While Title Rivals Suffer

An action-packed race with one of the most unusual MotoGP blunders of all time

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The 2022 MotoGP title fight is far from over, but if the Catalunya race was anything to go by, it seems no one wants it except for Fabio Quartararo. Wondering why? Well, here’s a list of the winners and losers from MotoGP’s round nine, which will help you understand.

Biggest Winner: Fabio Quartararo

2022 MotoGP Round 9: Fabio Quartararo Shines While Title Rivals Suffer
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Proving just why he’s the reigning world champion, Fabio Quartararo took a monumental win at Montmelo. The factory Yamaha rider didn’t put a foot wrong and led from start to finish, not giving his rivals any chance to hamper his rhythm. Post victory, Quartararo now leads the championship by a near-commanding 22-point.

Other Winners: Jorge Martin & Johann Zarco

2022 MotoGP Round 9: Fabio Quartararo Shines While Title Rivals Suffer
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Both Pramac Ducati riders rounded off the podium spots, with Martin in second and Zarco in a gifted third. While it was a strong race for both riders, it was a much-needed podium return for Jorge Martin, who’s right on the cusp of getting promoted to the factory Ducati team.

We’d also like to give a special mention to Joan Mir. The factory Suzuki rider turned around his fortunes brilliantly to finish in fourth, having started way down in seventeenth place.

Biggest Loser: Pecco Bagnaia

2022 MotoGP Round 9: Fabio Quartararo Shines While Title Rivals Suffer
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Catalunya was a disaster for Pecco Bagnaia. What started off as a strong weekend became better with a front row in qualifying but sadly ended with a disheartening first-corner crash in the race, through no fault of his own.

The factory Ducati rider was struck by a desperate Taka Nakagami who crashed and took down both Pecco Bagnaia and Alex Rins in the process. Thanks to this blow, Pecco has slipped to fifth place in the championship, 66-points behind Fabio.

Other Losers: Enea Bastianini & Aleix Espargaro

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Remember what we said in the beginning? Well, that was because both Enea Bastianini and Aleix Espargaro (P3 and P2 in the championship) surrendered big points against Fabio, thanks to their respective blunders.

While the Gresini rider hit the floor to add another DNF to his name, it was Aleix who made headlines with a HUGE mistake. The factory Aprilia rider miscounted the laps and started celebrating on the penultimate lap, only to realize that there was one more lap to go.

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Owing to this, Martin, Zarco, and Mir passed Aleix, leaving the factory Aprilia rider in fifth place instead of a well-deserved second place. Ultimately, Aleix lost fourteen points to Fabio while Bastianini lost a full twenty-five, which seems like handing the title on a silver platter.

All in all, it was yet another action-packed, drama-filled MotoGP race. Next, the paddock now heads to Sachsenring, Germany, a place where the recovering Marc Marquez will be missed more than ever.

Oh, and in case you missed the previous race, head here to get a lowdown on round eight of the 2022 MotoGP world championship.

MotoGP Championship Standings (After Round 9)
1 Fabio Quartararo 147  
2 Aleix Espargaro 125 (-22)
3 Enea Bastianini 94 (-53)
4 Johann Zarco 91 (-56)
5 Francesco Bagnaia 81 (-66)
6 Brad Binder 73 (-74)
7 Alex Rins 69 (-78)
8 Joan Mir 69 (-78)
9 Jack Miller 65 (-82)
10 Marc Marquez 60 (-87)
11 Miguel Oliveira 57 (-90)
12 Jorge Martin 51 (-96)
13 Maverick Viñales 46 (-101)
14 Luca Marini 41 (-106)
15 Pol Espargaro 40 (-107)
16 Takaaki Nakagami 38 (-109)
17 Marco Bezzecchi 30 (-117)
18 Alex Marquez 26 (-121)
19 Franco Morbidelli 22 (-125)
20 Darryn Binder 10 (-137)
21 Fabio di Giannantonio 8 (-139)
22 Andrea Dovizioso 8 (-139)
23 Remy Gardner 8 (-139)
24 Raul Fernandez 1 (-146)
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