MotoGP Results – 2022 MotoGP World Championship round 10

* Rookie

Fabio Quartararo has won back-to-back MotoGP victories with a dominating win in the 2022 German MotoGP at Sachsenring, ahead of Johann Zarco and Jack Miller.

Meanwhile, a costly early mistake for pole sitter Francesco Bagnaia may well have dashed the Italian’s already slim title hopes.

Bagnaia was beaten in Turn 1 by Quartararo and then attacked the Frenchman the next time. However, the Frenchman – keen to keep his M1 fresh – fell back under the Ducati.

Disaster, in the form of a fourth DNF of the season, then struck on the exit of the same tight corner several laps later when the rear of Bagnaia’s Desmosedici slipped as he applied power.

The error gave defending champion Quartararo a 1.3 second lead over Zarco of Pramac Ducati, with the Aprilia of Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales taking third and fourth.

30 laps around the Sachsenring still torture the left side of the rear tire and the scorching temperatures this afternoon (35 air, 52 ground) further heightened the tire durability issues.

With Quartararo among just three riders (along with Vinales and Pol Espargaro) to choose the medium over the hard rear tyre, all eyes were on any signs of late-race weakness from the Yamaha rider.

But Quartararo kept a solid pace until the end and now holds a 34-point title lead, with Zarco also secure in second, while Aleix Espargaro and Miller battled for third.

Vinales had followed Espargaro for the first half of the race, with the RS-GPs then being caught by Miller, who was recovering from a long lap penalty for falling under yellow flags on Saturday.

The Aussie was gifted fourth when the Aprilia de Vinales’ rear ride height device jammed in a compressed position, forcing the Spaniard to retire with 13 laps to go.

Miller rushed inside Espargaro at turn one with 8 laps to go, but ran wide…Then repeated the move, with the same unsuccessful result, a few laps later at that point , the two were threatened by Luca Marini, who closed quickly on the bickering duo in front with 5 laps to go.

However, just before Marini could arrive, Miller secured third when Espargaro ran wide into Turn 1.

Zarco’s teammate Jorge Martin (riding for the first time since hand surgery) rounded out the top six behind Marini, with KTM leading Brad Binder in seventh, rookie Fabio di Giannantonio eighth and Miguel Oliveira ninth.

Enea Bastianini’s team boss Alberto Giribuola was absent this weekend due to Covid, with Gresini’s technical coordinator Sergio Verbena replacing him. Starting just 17th on the grid and the only driver to fit the medium front tire instead of the hard front tyre, the three-time winner of the 2022 race finished tenth.

Suzuki’s Joan Mir fell moments after Bagnaia, ending his hopes of recovery from twelfth place.

Takaaki Nakagami and Alex Rins returned this weekend after their first accident at Barcelona. Rins, who suffered a broken wrist, was forced to withdraw from the event after FP3, while Nakagami continued despite a shoulder injury on Saturday.

Nakagami’s grueling weekend ended in an early race crash, with teammate Alex Marquez and Repsol Honda’s Pol Espargaro also on the DNF list.

Quartararo is the first new German MotoGP winner since 2013, with Marc Marquez – unbeaten at the Sachsenring since the 125cc class in 2011 – out as he continues to recover from fourth surgery on his right arm.

Marquez was again replaced by Stefan Bradl, HRC test driver and local Sachsenring hero.

The Sachsenring is the shortest circuit on the MotoGP calendar, with a length of just 3.7km and a longest straight of 700m. The circuit also has a strong counter-clockwise bias of 10 left turns, versus 3 right turns, one of them being the infamous “waterfall” downhill dive at turn 11.

The Sachsenring also marked the midpoint of the planned 20-round World Championship season, with Round 11 taking place in Assen next weekend.

Leave a Comment