There are five this season to discover the MotoGP category. Five newcomers came mostly from the Moto2 category in which they fought to the top last year, with the exception of Darryn Binder, who was promoted directly from Moto3.
After the first 11 rounds, the differences widened a lot. Although the score published by Marco Bezzecchi, leader of the classification, is lower than what led this same championship in this phase the previous three seasons, the level of his opponents is also, hence a clear advantage , even net of 37 points. about his nearest pursuer.
Marco Bezzecchi, the revelation
It certainly doesn’t show the 92 points Fabio Quartararo had scored after his first 11 MotoGP Grand Prix in 2019, but Marco Bezzecchi certainly has nothing to be ashamed of from his debut in the premier class. At 23 years old, the man who fought for the Moto3 runner-up and then Moto2, without being able to dominate, took his marks with the attitude we know he is, always measured and calm. Eager to learn, he progressed steadily until he went on vacation with a trophy in his pocket.
A teammate of Luca Marini, who was already the leader of the VR46 team when they shared the table in 2020 in the intermediate category, Bezzecchi took the lead in the third round, in Argentina, ahead of him by six laps. the arrival to get his first notable. entry to the points, directly among the top 10. Riding a Ducati similar to the one that Enea Bastianini led at the top of the classification at the beginning of the season, he continued on his way, until he inflicted a clear setback on his teammate in Spain, repeating his ninth place.
But it was at home where Bezzecchi really revealed himself, first qualifying in the front row (between Luca Marini and debutant Fabio Di Giannantonio, poleman), then leading the first eight laps to finish fifth, again in front of his teammate. . . A month later, he took the podium at the end of an outstanding race in Assen, where he was able to play placed and then manage the arrival of the rain and even put under pressure the experienced leader, Pecco Bagnaia . A second place that even allowed him to beat Marini in the championship.
Marco Bezzecchi, second in the Dutch Grand Prix
Fabio Di Giannantonio and Darryn Binder, the discreet
Fabio Di Giannantonio and Darryn Binder started the season in the shadows, humbly showing measured ambitions. Rarely winners in the lower categories, they were not the most obvious choice of team directors among the elite, one had not forged his experience in Moto2, the other had never reached the top 5 of the championship.
And yet, both have been able to discreetly affirm promising performances. Against all odds, it was Binder who appeared first, ranking in the top 10 in his second race. If their results dropped later, the overall performance of the South African did not clash in a Yamaha group overall very difficult with the exception of Fabio Quartararo. Alongside veteran Andrea Dovizioso, the rookie remains, both recording the same points at that point with a remarkably better position for Binder.
To get into the points, Di Giannantonio had to wait for the French Grand Prix, but he obviously overcame a milestone. Then the driver Gresini, until then eclipsed by his teammate Enea Bastianini, surprised the paddock by taking pole position at the Italian Grand Prix, sorry, and also qualified very well in Catalonia and Germany calmly (fifth) . At Sachsenring, he had the best result of the rookie group in the race, finishing eighth.
Fabio Di Giannantonio in the fight for the German Grand Prix
Remy Gardner and Raúl Fernández, the disappointed ones
They shook the paddock last year when they defeated the Moto2 championship and fought for the title, which was eventually won by the Australian. The duo Ajo continued to be a partner of Tech3 this year, but now in the big leagues it is disappointment that prevails. Both ambitious, have had to settle for a more complicated handling than expected of a KTM that has not stopped hurting its drivers this season.
With an 11th and a 12th as the best respective result in this phase, they have only had a few rare appearances in the heart of the field. Three times the same, Remy Gardner he was the best-ranked debutant of the race, against once and for all Raúl Fernández (package in two races) but out of points. Between a complicated adaptation, disappointing results that would almost make us forget the sometimes encouraging gaps in front of the official KTM riders and a still unclear future, the reigning Moto2 Champion and Vice Champion flirts with a slightly negative spiral waiting to d ‘a bounce. .
The rookie ranking after 11 Grand Prix: