Simple mathematics gives plenty of credit to the concept that Marc Marquez is in a position to recover lost ground on MotoGP's championship leaders, and that a title fight is possible before the end of the season.
After finishing seventh in Portimao, Marquez will return to the scene of his arm-breaking accident last year, Jerez, next week lying fourteenth in the standings and some 52 points behind championship leader Fabio Quartararo. Since he first stepped up to MotoGP in 2013, the biggest deficit the Spaniard has overturned was the 37-point advantage Maverick Vinales held over him following the first three rounds of 2017, when Marquez was ultimately pushed closer for the title by Andrea Dovizioso. Back then there were sixteen rounds still remaining of the season – two fewer than scheduled for this year (COVID allowing).
Pol Espargaro’s switch to Honda for 2021 was one of MotoGP’s biggest rider market shocks. But a difficult bike coupled with various external factors led to a difficult first campaign. As a critical 2022 campaign for both Espargaro and Honda looms, his 2021 experience hasn’t dented his long-held resolve
Iker Lecuona’s absence from the 2022 MotoGP grid after losing his KTM ride will likely pass most onlookers by. But after just 30 race starts in a MotoGP move he was sucked into by circumstance, the World Superbike-bound 21-year-old's story should act as a warning to KTM - and MotoGP as a whole - in regards to its future stars
That Ducati will compete with eight prototypes in MotoGP this year is nothing new, having already done so between 2016 and 2018. But the involvement and coverage of the Borgo Panigale company in its alliances is now much greater than in past years, which could have the effect of unbalancing the premier class
Doubts were cast over Yamaha’s French recruit after his disastrous end to the 2020 MotoGP season with Petronas SRT, but Fabio Quartararo answered them convincingly in 2021 to claim a MotoGP title that exhibited both his devastating speed and mental strength
Motorcycle racing's greatest showman has left the stage, as Valentino Rossi calls time on his remarkable career on two wheels. But in his successors, all of whom were inspired by 'the Doctor', grand prix racing has vibrant new acts to keep us hooked
The 2021 MotoGP season may have only just ended but preparations for 2022 are well underway following a two-day test at Jerez this week. Ducati has hit the ground running while a lack of progress dominated Yamaha’s and world champion Fabio Quartararo’s test. While no battle lines have been drawn yet for 2022, it appears Ducati has already drawn first blood...
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