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Moto GP - Motorsports: Who are the favourites for the 2022 World Championship?

10 May 2022 08:56:38 EST
Marc Marquez is a leading contender once again

The smell of fuel. The sound of 1000cc engines. The sight of winged carbon machines blistering down the home straight at 200+ mph. If you’re a MotoGP fan then you’ll have no doubt missed everything that makes this sport what it is.

MotoGP is back and what a season we have on the horizon!

Under the lights of Qatar is where the lights will go out and the 2022 season battle will commence.

We have new names, new teams and a new track returning to the schedule.

But the questions are big… Will Marc Marquez dominate? Will world champion Fabio Quartararo defend his crown? Will the Ducati take centre stage? Oh, and we’ve not even mentioned what motorcycle racing will even begin to look like without the legend - arguably the greatest man to race motorcycles of all time - Valentino Rossi

One thing is for sure – we’ve another mouth-watering season about to begin!

#93 Marc Marquez - will he clinch his ninth title?

Honda’s Marc Marquez penned a deal that will see him continue with the team until at least 2024. He signed a four-year deal with Honda shortly after securing his eighth World title in 2020. But the 29-year-old Spaniard has been hampered by injury over the last 24 months.

A new chapter though is round the corner. He's now fighting fit and ready to battle for a staggering ninth World Championship crown.

His revamped RC213V machine is quick as was proved during pre-season as the new Pertamina Mandalika Circuit. Marc is moving to Madrid for the 2022 season and has labelled this as a sacrifice in his bid to claim another title.

If he succeeds, he’d equal Valentino Rossi’s record. It's no surprise that Marquez is hotly-tipped to win the title, priced at 13/10. He will be the one to beat.

#20 Fabio Quartararo - can he do the double?

After a stunning and memorable season last year, Yamaha world champion Fabio Quartararo will be looking to reclaim the top prize. With five poles, five wins and 10 podiums last time round, he was crowned France’s first MotoGP champion. Eyes across the grid will be monitoring the 22-year-old very closely.

It may only be his fourth season in the top class – but he’s already proved he’s world class. There are questions over the top speed of his Yamaha and how this may impact his season.

But regardless of this, Fabio will be full throttle all the way as he bids to regain his crown and this time round he's priced at 1.50 to repeat what he achieved last year.

#63 Francesco Bagnaia - will this be his year?

The Italian will be hoping to go one step further than last time out. He narrowly missed out on the title after putting in some outstanding performances, including taking four victories from the final six GPs.

His Ducati is very fast and he will be keen to take advantage of this, especially against the Yamaha. Bagnaia looks best placed to challenge Marquez this campaign, priced at 3.75.

Who else is in the running?

It’s worth keeping a close check on three other riders. Jack Miller, Jorge Martin and Joan Mir. All are priced at 16/1 to clinch the number one badge.

After a season without a race win, 2020 world champion Joan Mir will be more than fired up for 2022. He stood on the podium six times in 2021 which earned him a third-place finish in the Championship.

His Suzuki fell slightly behind on the development front throughout the season but the Spaniard knows how to win a title and he'll be wanting to add another to his record for sure.

After a move to the factory Ducati, Jack Miller recorded two wins and five podiums in 2021, sealing a fourth place in the standings, but his form dipped at times during the season.

Consistency will be key for Miller if he’s to push at the very top.

In his first year in MotoGP, Jorge Martin showed the pack what he was about.

A pole and a podium on his debut got a lot of people talking. But then a huge crash saw him break multiple bones, missing out on four races. After returning from injury, the Spaniard recorded a race win and two other podiums resulting in him being crowned Rookie of the Year.

No more #VR46…

The greatest of all time? The King of motorcycle racing? He is, after all, the only rider in history to win 125, 250, 500 and MotoGP World Championships. The Italian has dominated the sport and it’s quite hard to imagine motorcycle racing without seeing the famous 46 number on the grid.

When it comes to his stats, it’s so tricky to know even where to start. Nine titles, 115 GP wins, 235 podiums, 65 poles and 96 fastest laps. It will be sad and strange not to see Valentino on a bike in Qatar. But what will be interesting is two things – what’s the next big thing for Rossi and who, if anyone, will go into the same bracket as him when they retire.

What’s new in 2022?

2022 will be the biggest MotoGP in history. 21 dates have been put in the Championship diary.

Five riders have been promoted to the premier class. Moto2 world champion Remy Gardner and his 2021 title rival and teammate Raul Fernandez, as well as Fabio Di Giannantonio, Marco Bezzecchi and Darryn Binder.

Round two of the season is located in the south of Lombok at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit, while Round 12 will be hosted at Finland’s KymiRIng in July.

Qatar

Round one begins this weekend under the lights at the Lusail International Circuit in Qatar. Fasten your belts – it’s going to be another cracker of a season!

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