MotoGP – Engine Update: Beware of Aprilia and Beware of LCR!

The general rule is that MotoGP riders will have 7 engines by 2022.

This has evolved quantitatively over the years, going from 7 and then 6 to 5 engines to 18 GP in order to limit costs, and after 5 to 7 engines authorized in 2021 due to the increase in the number of Grans Awards. . Even this year an eighth engine was planned before the cancellation of Finland, which will be used only from the 19th race, but this is no longer necessary.

All manufacturers are concerned, with the exception of Aprilia, which still benefits in this area of ​​the concession system until the end of the year: 9 engines are authorized for each of its RS-GPs in 2022, while the system allows up to 12, for example in 2016!

The evolution has also occurred in terms of penalties for exceeding the number of authorized engines: since 2009, instead of a ten-point penalty for the affected driver, the driver who uses an additional engine . “The race will start from the pit lane 5 seconds after the green light comes on”. It is much less serious …

20 Grand Prix, 7 or 9 engines, where are we?

First of all, it must be said that the standard is well done, or that the manufacturers adapt well: we have never seen anyone lose a title due to lack of engines …
Even Yamaha, in trouble in 2020 because of the two valve manufacturers, managed to “deflate” its engines to ensure the necessary longevity (2600 kilometers).

This year, the focus is on Honda, or more specifically on the LCR team, where Takaaki Nakagami i Àlex Márquez both had three engines withdrawn after 11 of the 20 MotoGP World Championship tests, while the rest of the competitors withdrew only one (9 riders) or none (13 riders).

When removing, we must understand broken or reached the end of your mileage …

What about CSF?

Nothing forces a team to remove an engine before the end of the season. Thus, LCR could have settled for storing them in the back of the garage until the end of the year. Conversely, removing an engine allows it to be opened, which is necessary in the event of a breakage to examine it. Therefore, there is a suspicion of breakage in CSF …

Takaaki Nakagami saw its first two engines (No. 1 and No. 2) withdrawn after the Jerez Grand Prix, after each had done 3 races and between 11 and 13 sessions: nothing abnormal, and no particular fall that could have caused the destruction of an engine. Therefore, we can consider that we may have opened the motors to check for wear. It will be remembered that the Honda 2022 engine is a very promising “new concept”. In the statements at the start of the season …

Introduced in France, the 3rd engine (No. 4) was withdrawn before heating in Assen. This is not what has fallen in Barcelona, ​​but what has fallen sharply in Q2 and then in the race in Germany. However, the latter had driven in FP1, FP2 and FP3 to Assen, so it is hard to think that he suffered any damage. With only 2 races but 21 sessions on his watch, we have certainly reached the mileage limits.
We will therefore continue with interest if his twin brother (n ° 3), with already 3 races and 23 sessions, will follow the same path at the beginning of the course …

Per Àlex Márquez, things were even before. His first engine (No. 1) retired to Austin, after only 1 race and 17 sessions. There, we can think that there was a problem, mainly because it does not correspond to the start-up of a new engine. At that time, the Spanish rider only had one motorbike to warm up and race: no margin for error!

Then, the pace picks up the same as that of his teammate, with a retreat (# 3) after Jerez and a retreat in the Netherlands (# 2), although the retreat of # 3, after only 1 race and 9 sessions, it is intriguing. .

In general, it can only be said that either LCR is very unlucky or they serve as a real-world test bed for Honda, the two official RC213Vs of which do not seem to have particular problems, a mixture of the two is also very possible, as well as the medium- term consequences of falls Takaaki Nakagami (6) i Àlex Márquez (12).

Enough engines to finish the season?

There are 9 GPs left to finish the season. Takaaki Nakagami it has 3 new engines and an engine with 3 races to its credit. A little limit to the current pace, but on the right side of the limit.
The situation is a little more limited by Àlex Márquezthat it only has 2 new motors, 1 (# 4) inaugurated in Jerez that adds 3 races and 26 sessions, therefore well worn according to the standards LCR, and 1 (# 5) inaugurated in Italy that adds 2 races and 13 sessions.

If there is a pilot in danger in this area, it is thereforeÀlex Márquez.

By contrast, who is the good student?

There are not “one” but “some” good students, starting with the Aprilia drivers who, so far, have not used more engines than their opponents, although they have 2 more to draw: 5 engines inaugurated and only 1 withdrawn by Aleix Espargaro i Maverick Viñales.
Watch out for the possibilities this offers in the second half of the season, with potentially 4 new and more powerful engines!

And for the record, it’s called the cheapest engine Raúl Fernándezwith only 3 engines opened and 0 retired.

USE OF MOTOGP 2022 ENGINES AFTER SEAT

DRIVERS

MOTORCYCLES

USED

RETIRED

Aleix Espargaro Aprilia

5/9 (C)

1

Maverick Viñales Aprilia

5/9 (C)

1

Raúl Fernández KTM

3/7

0

Joan Mir Suzuki

4/7

0

Alex Rins Suzuki

4/7

0

Pol Espargaro Honda

4/7

1

Marc Márquez / Stefan Bradl Honda

4/7

1

Brad Binder KTM

4/7

1

Remy Gardner KTM

4/7

1

Miguel Oliveira KTM

4/7

1

Joan Zarco Ducati

5/7

0

Luca Marini Ducati

5/7

0

Jack Miller Ducati

5/7

0

Francesco Bagnaia Ducati

5/7

0

Marco Bezzecchi Ducati

5/7

0

Jorge Martín Ducati

5/7

0

Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha

5/7

0

Fabio Quartararo Yamaha

5/7

0

Franco Morbidelli Yamaha

5/7

0

Darryn Binder Yamaha

5/7

0

Fabio di Giannantonio Ducati

5/7

1

Enea Bastianini Ducati

5/7

1

Takaaki Nakagami Honda

5/7

3

Àlex Márquez Honda

5/7

3

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