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Bagnaia wins Malaysian MotoGP as title struggle goes right down to the wire | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Aleix Espargaro and Enea Bastianini are out of title competition regardless of the latter ending second.

The Malaysian spherical of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship noticed manufacturing unit Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia clinch his seventh victory of the season, making him the second Ducati rider after Casey Stoner to take action. Because of this, he’s now stretched his title result in 23 factors over Fabio Quartararo, who completed third to take the title struggle right down to the finale in Valencia.

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro and Gresini Ducati rider Enea Bastianini, with their 46 and 47 level deficit, respectively, at the moment are firmly out of the title race. 

  • Bagnaia stretches title result in 23 factors
  • Quartararo finishes third to maintain title struggle alive

Ducati dominance

Whereas a blended qualifying session noticed Bagnaia begin from ninth on the grid, the race was an entire totally different ball recreation for the Italian. A flawless begin noticed him minimize by way of the pack to seek out himself in second place at Flip 2 of the primary lap itself. Poleman Jorge Martin led the race within the preliminary phases earlier than crashing out, handing Bagnaia the lead.

Bagnaia’s future teammate Bastianini overtook him round half race distance and the Ducati duo tussled for a good few laps earlier than Bagnaia took the lead, for good this time round. 

Marini’s first DNF in MotoGP

Whereas Luca Marini’s season hasn’t been as headline-grabbing as his teammate, MotoGP rookie and podium finisher, Marco Bezzecchi’s (who completed fourth this time round), Marini has, to his credit score, all the time completed a MotoGP race, till now. An digital glitch together with his entrance begin system ensured it remained locked in place and didn’t disengage, forcing Valentino Rossi’s half-brother to retire.

Victorious final time round in Australia, Suzuki’s Alex Rins completed fifth, after qualifying in the identical place as properly. The opposite rider who was on the rostrum final time round however was unable to copy that in the long run end result right here was Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez, who in the end crossed the chequered flag in seventh place. 

2022 MotoGP championship standings

With Bagnaia’s 23-point benefit making certain he’s firmly in lead of the title race, it can all come right down to a last-round showdown at Valencia on November 6. To retain his title Quartararo might want to win, whereas Bagnaia finishes 14th or under. For Bagnaia to change into Ducati’s first World Champion in 15  years, after Casey Stoner, all he must do is end 13th or greater.

2022 Malaysian MotoGP outcomes

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

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