MotoGP Mugello Round-up: Pecco Bagnaia Stomps Authority, Marc Marquez Bids Adeui
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MotoGP Mugello Round-up: Pecco Bagnaia Stomps Authority, Marc Marquez Bids Adeui

A key title-challenger takes a big hit in Italy, while another one proves a point

Kickstarting with back-to-back races, the MotoGP paddock headed to the gorgeous Mugello circuit in the Tuscan mountains, giving us yet another nail-biting race filled with home glory, heartbreak, and, most importantly, action.

Let’s look at the winners and losers from round eight of the 2022 MotoGP season.

Race Winner: Pecco Bagnaia (Factory Ducati Team)

MotoGP Mugello Round-up: Pecco Bagnaia Stomps Authority, Marc Marquez Bids Adeui
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Couldn’t watch the MotoGP race this weekend? Fret not, here are the winners and losers from round 8 of the 2022 MotoGP season

Making it a dream day for the Italian fans, local hero Pecco Bagnaia took the race win with the factory Ducati colors at the team’s home Grand Prix. It didn’t come easy, though, as Bagnaia failed to produce a solid start and had to slice through the field before taking the lead. However, this meant plenty of enjoyable overtakes, so we ain’t complaining.

Other Winners: Fabio Quartararo (Factory Yamaha Team)

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The biggest winner was the race winner itself i.e. Pecco Bagnaia who took a famous home win. But equal credit also goes to Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo in second place, just 0.6s behind Pecco

2021 MotoGP World Champion Fabio Quartararo was second behind Pecco, just six-tenths shy of the race win. We know Fabio on the podium is a frequent occurrence, but what makes this one special is that the Frenchman had to fight hard for it. Not to mention, Yamaha’s MotoGP bike, the M1, is a lot slower than the other bikes in the straights, which only can only mean more credit to Fabio.

Marco Bezzecchi & Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Ducati Team)

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Another impressive performance came from Mooney VR46 riders, Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini, finishing in 4th and 5th, respectively. A particularly impressive job by Bezz who’s a rookie!

It was an epic day at the office for both Mooney VR46 Ducati team riders, Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi, as they both finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Between the two, it was rookie Bezzecchi who impressed more, leading the race for several laps, that too with an impressive race pace, only to fade out, later on, thanks to his lack of experience. Nevertheless, it was a pretty solid weekend for both riders and we surely expect to see more of this in the future.

Biggest Loser: Enea Bastianini (Gresini Ducati Team)

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Coming to the losers, French GP-winner Bastianini lost big this time as he crashed out. This DNF puts him 28 points down on championship leader Fabio

After taking his third MotoGP win last time out, Bastianini was arguably one of the favorites coming into Mugello. However, things went totally the opposite way as the rider crashed out of the race suffering a rare DNF. Consequently, the Gresini rider has now slipped 28 points behind Quartararo.

Other Losers: Jack Miller (Factory Ducati Rider)

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Another Ducati rider who disappointed this time out was Jack Miller. Finishing in 15th, he was the slowest Ducati of the lot, even slower than the rookies

Mugello was a disaster for Jack Miller as he came home in only fifteenth place and was the slowest Ducati (if you discount test rider Michelle Pirro), which only adds to his misery. Judging from Ducati’s history, it seems almost certain that Miller’s factory seat is in danger now and it’s a matter of when, not if, we get official confirmation.

Joan Mir & Alex Rins (Factory Suzuki Team)

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Finally, both Suzuki riders suffered DNFs in Mugello, same as the last race. Need more details? Simply swipe up.

Following up on a dismal qualifying, both factory Suzuki riders crashed out of the race, same as the previous race. While it was a totally miserable day for Joan Mir, there was a glimmer of hope from Rins who made a good start but crashed out controversially, fighting against Nakagami. All in all, it was yet another weekend to forget for the factory Suzuki team who’s bowing out of the paddock soon.

Special Mention: Marc Marquez

After Saturday’s qualifying, Marc Marquez announced he’ll be taking a sabbatical from racing to undergo a fourth surgery on his arm. We wish him all the best and hope he springs back to his winning ways very soon. Perhaps, even fight for the title in 2023.

MotoGP Championship Standings (After Round 8)
Position Rider Bike Points Deficit
1 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 122  
2 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 114 -8
3 Enea Bastianini Ducati 94 -28
4 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 81 -41
5 Johann Zarco Ducati 75 -47
6 Alex Rins Suzuki 69 -53
7 Brad Binder KTM 65 -57
8 Jack Miller Ducati 63 -59
9 Marc Marquez Honda 60 -62
10 Joan Mir Suzuki 56 -66
11 Miguel Oliveira KTM 50 -72
12 Pol Espargaro Honda 40 -82
13 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 38 -84
14 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 37 -85
15 Jorge Martin Ducati 31 -91
16 Luca Marini Ducati 31 -91
17 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 30 -92
18 Alex Marquez Honda 20 -102
19 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 19 -103
20 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 8 -114
21 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 8 -114
22 Darryn Binder Yamaha 6 -116
23 Remy Gardner KTM 3 -119
24 Raul Fernandez KTM 0 -122
25 Michele Pirro Ducati 0 -122
26 Stefan Bradl Honda 0 -122
27 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 0 -122

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