Qatar MotoGP Lusail 2022 – Full race results
Qatar MotoGP Lusail 2022 – Enea Bastianini wins the first round of this 2022 MotoGP season. The Ducati rider also won the first victory of his career in Qatar. He leaves with the 25 points of victory.
Enea Bastianini scored an emotional first MotoGP win – Gresini’s first in 16 years – with a formidable display in the Qatar Grand Prix at the Lusail International Circuit.
The Italian dropped to fourth from second on the start – later becoming fifth after being passed by a rapid-starting Joan Mir – as Honda duo Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro moved to the head of the field, Espargaro taking the lead by the end of the opening lap.
The leading group of ten riders remained close across the opening third of the encounter before Bastianini started to move towards the front, soon dispatching Mir’s Suzuki before swiftly dumping Marquez from the rostrum positions.
Qatar MotoGP Lusail 2022 – RACE RESULTS
# Rider Bike Gap 1 Enea Bastianini Ducati 2 Brad Binder KTM 0.346 3 Pol Espargaro Honda 1.351 4 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 2.242 5 Marc Marquez Honda 4.099 6 Joan Mir Suzuki 4.843 7 Alex Rins Suzuki 8.810 8 Johann Zarco Ducati 10.536 9 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 10.543 10 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 14.967 11 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 16.712 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 23.216 13 Luca Marini Ducati 27.283 14 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 27.374 15 Remy Gardner KTM 41.107 16 Darryn Binder Yamaha 41.119 17 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 41.349 18 Raúl Fernández KTM 42.357 19 Jorge Martin Ducati DNF 20 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati DNF 21 Miguel Oliveira KTM DNF 22 Alex Marquez Honda DNF 23 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati DNF 24 Jack Miller Ducati DNF
Espargaro began to stretch his lead out as KTM’s Brad Binder began to fade slightly, Bastianini taking the opportunity to move into second – now with just 1.4 seconds separating him from the leading Honda with ten tours remaining.
He edged towards the Spaniard before arriving on the rear wheel of the RC213-V with just a few laps to go, Bastianini utilising his Ducati’s commanding power to blast past Espargaro on the run to Turn 1 – the Honda ace gifting him a comfortable lead instantly after out-braking himself and running wide, also dropping to third behind Binder.
The South African had managed to find a second wind and charged towards Bastianini over the final couple of circulations, though he would come up short and leave the 2020 Moto2 world champion to storm across the line to record his first ever premier class success by 0.346s.
Gresini’s emotional win is also the first since the death of its founder Fausto Gresini last February, and its first since splitting with Aprilia at the end of the last season and becoming a Ducati customer outfit on an independent basis.
Following the impressive Binder home to complete the rostrum would be Espargaro – who gives the all-new RC213-V a podium in its first outing – with Aleix Espargaro a strong fourth on his Aprilia.
Marquez struggled for speed in the closing stages but still salvaged a top five ahead of Mir, with Alex Rins grabbing a distant seventh on the sister GSX-RR.
Johann Zarco meanwhile recovered from a disatorus start – the Frenchman running as low as 18th early on – to steal eighth from countryman Fabio Quartararo on the run to the line, the Yamaha man visibly frustrated with his M1 after taking the chequered flag.
LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami completed the top ten.
Aside from Bastianini’s success Ducati suffered an otherwise tumultuous day with three of its four GP22 machines retiring from the event, Jack Miller retiring early with a technical issue while early title favourite Francesco Bagnaia crashed at Turn 1 while trying to overtake Pramac man Jorge Martin, the Italian taking the pole-man with him into retirement.
Marco Bezzecchi looked to be on for a strong debut run early on for VR46 before crashing out at the final bend, while Miguel Oliveira and Alex Marquez found themselves further victims of Turn 1.
Top rookie honours went the way of Remy Gardner whio took the final point in 15th just behind Andrea Dovizioso’s RNF Yamaha, Maverick Vinales’ Aprilia ending up just clear of the pair in 12th.
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