Moto GP: at the start of the new season, Fabio Quartararo necessarily aims for the double

The Frenchman is back in the running for his world title from Sunday 6 March for the Qatar GP in Lusail.

On the way to the MotoGP double, the French world champion Fabio Quartararo will face in 2022 the Spanish comeback Marc Márquez, six times champion with revenge after two years of struggle, and the outsider Pecco Bagnaia, the best armed of the its powerful Ducati. .

At the dawn ofa record season of 21 races, which begins this weekend in Qatar, the title fight promises to be very open. After Joan Mir (Suzuki), 24, in 2020, it was Quartararo (Yamaha), 22, who took the world crown in 2021 against his first rival Bagnaia (Ducati).

As the younger generation gained ground, signalwho unquestionably dominated the discipline, titled six times between 2013 and 2019, collapsed: in 2020 and 2021 he will have two long seasons marked by physical problems (broken right arm and then vision problems).

Márquez back, Bagnaia fort

If he still got it win three races to finish in 7th place last year, a fall in late October during a motocross workout deprived him of the last two Grand Prix. The Spaniard suffered from diplopia, a problem of duplication of vision that had already harmed him ten years ago.

“It has been a stony road since 2020. […] But today everything looks good, the vision is perfect, the arm is also better “, he assured in early February. The eight-time world champion in all categories signed his return to the tracks during pre-season testing in Sepang (Indonesia) in February. “I hope this is the end of the tunnel!”launched the 28-year-old pilot.

signal “hope” now they have this promised duel against Quartararo, “because that would mean I’m fighting for the title”. But according to him, 2022 will be more “a battle with many pilots”with Quartararo and Bagnaia com “favorites”.

The Frenchman, in any case, is sure of his ambitions: I tasted victoryI don’t want to leave her anymore, I have even more motivation “, he pointed out. For its fourth season in MotoGP with a Yamaha, his second on the factory team, “El Diablo” will have to do, however, with a bike that does not seem to be the most efficient against the Ducati, in terms of preseason testing.

Premiere without Rossi

It will also be necessary, and perhaps above all, to keep an eye on the runner-up Weather in Bagnaia and his fiery red Desmosedici. The 25-year-old Italian, Moto2 2018 world champion, dominated the end of the 2021 season with four wins in the last six races.

Also equipped with Ducati, the Pramacs de l’Avignonnais Johann Zarco and the Spanish Jorge Martin will also be closely monitored. Zarco, 31, will want to resume the thread of his Moto2 titles in 2015 and 2016, after his best season in the elite in 2021 (5th ranked and four 2nd).

The season will be too the first without Valentino Rossi since 1999. Retired young man after nine world titles (7 in the queen category), the Italian legend has not just said goodbye to his love: his VR46 team arrives at MotoGP, with two Italians at the helm, Luca Marini, his half-brother. , and Marco Bezzecchi.

Season schedule:

March 4-6: Qatar

March 18-20: Indonesia

April 1-3: Argentina

April 8-10: America

April 22-24: Portugal

April 9 – May 1: Spain

May 13-15: France (Le Mans)

May 27-29: Italy

June 3-5: Catalonia

June 17-19: Germany

June 24-26: Netherlands

July 8-10: Finland

August 5-7: Great Britain

August 19-21: Austria

September 2-4: San Marino

September 16-18: Aragon

September 23-25: Japan

September 30-October 2: Thailand

October 14-16: Australia

October 21-23: Malaysia

November 4-6: Valencia.

The last ten champions:

2021: Quartararo (Yamaha).
2020: Mir (Spain, Suzuki).
2019: Márquez (Spain, Honda).
2018: Márquez (Spain, Honda).
2017: Márquez (Spain, Honda).
2016: Márquez (Spain, Honda).
2015: Lorenzo (Spain, Yamaha).
2014: Márquez (Spain, Honda).
2013: Márquez (Spain, Honda).
2012: Lorenzo (Spain, Yamaha).

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