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2022 Valencia GP: Bagnaia topped Ducati’s first World Champion in 15 years | Autocar India

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Alex Rins’ victory is a bittersweet swansong for Suzuki because the producer bows out of MotoGP.

Francesco Bagnaia has been topped the 2022 MotoGP World Champion, changing into the primary Italian rider on an Italian bike to take action in 50 years, because the legendary Giacomo Agostini on an MV Agusta. It additionally marks Ducati’s first rider’s World Championship crown since Casey Stoner was topped champion in 2007. 

Whereas Ducati scored the triple crown (rider, workforce and constructor’s champion), Suzuki bowed out of the premier class with a powerful victory by the hands of Alex Rins, who additionally received on the Australian GP

Ducati victorious after 15 lengthy years

Since Casey Stoner received the rider’s title again in 2007, the Bologna manufacturing facility has been unable to copy that success with anybody else, although they did come shut just a few occasions with Andrea Dovizioso. Francesco Bagnaia was the primary rider to reclaim that crown for the primary time in fifteen years. After his mentor Valentino Rossi received the championship in 2009, he turned the primary Italian rider in 11 years to win a world title in latest historical past. 

Jorge Martin, who took the pole for the fifth time this yr, took the third and ultimate spot on the rostrum, changing into the only real Ducati rider within the high 7.  

Suzuki bows out gracefully

Suzuki, who rocked the bike world with their choice of leaving MotoGP, was victorious by the hands of Alex Rins. A tough-charging Rins charged up from fifth on the grid to take a dominant victory in what was the Hamamatsu-based marque’s swansong race within the premier class. 

KTM ends the season with a bang

Brad Binder, who often comes into his personal on race day, took a hard-fought second place end after beginning seventh. Miguel Oliveira, who donned the orange colors for the ultimate time in 2022 earlier than switching to Aprilia equipment the subsequent yr, completed fifth. 

Heartbreak for Honda, Aprilia

Aprilia had been championship contenders proper till the penultimate spherical/ Nonetheless, they had been compelled to finish their season with zero factors scored within the finale, as each their riders retired after struggling digital points. 

Honda was solely barely higher off, with Takkaki Nakagami being the one points-scorer, ending 14th. Each Repsol Honda riders, Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro, additionally crashed out.  

Subsequent yr might be a landmark yr for Indian motorsport lovers as MotoGP will lastly be heading to India. The provisional dates for the inaugural Bharat GP have been fastened for September 22-24, 2023.

2022 Valencia GP outcomes

2022 Valencia GP outcomes
Place Rider Crew
1 Alex Rins Suzuki
2 Brad Binder Purple Bull KTM
3 Jorge Martin Pramac Ducati
4 Fabio Quartararo Monster Power Yamaha
5 Miguel Oliveira Purple Bull KTM
6 Joan Mir Suzuki
7 Luca Marini VR46 Ducati
8 Enea Bastianini Gresini Ducati
9 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo
10 Franco Morbidelli Monster Power Yamaha
11 Marco Bezzecchi VR46 Ducati
12 Raul Fernandez Tech3 KTM
13 Remy Gardner Tech3 KTM
14 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda
15 Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Ducati
16 Cal Crutchlow WithU Yamaha
17 Alex Marquez LCR Honda
NC Jack Miller Ducati Lenovo
NC Johann Zarco Pramac Ducati
NC Maverick Vinales Aprilia Racing
NC Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing
NC Marc Marquez Repsol Honda
NC Pol Espargaro Repsol Honda
NC Darryn Binder WithU Yamaha

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