Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Rider Rating: Four 10/10, but who’s the surprise inclusion?

Francesco Bagania – 10

(qualified 1, finished 1)

Like Sachsenring, Bagnia was untouchable in qualifying as he broke another lap record. After getting off to a great start, Baganiya put up a great show and then took control of the race. Although there were two riders behind him who could possibly challenge the Italian for victory, Bagnia’s flawless weekend was another sign that he is a title contender should his own mistakes be put to rest.

Marco Bezzecchi – 10

(qualified 4th, finished 2)

Another surprising qualifying from Bezzecchi set the Ducati rider up for a very good result, which actually happened. Bezzecchi’s first MotoGP podium was one that kept him surprisingly tough with Bagnaia until the last few laps. And although he was never close to challenging his fellow VR46 Academy rider, Bezzecchi achieved a result that was very much on the cards based on recent performances.

Maverick Winless – 10

(qualified 11th, finished third)

Often struggling with Vinales when it comes to making his way through the field during the early stages of the race, Dutch MotoGP turned out to be far from him as he showed incredible speed to face many Ducati riders. Winless made light work of George Martin as soon as it started to rain, after overtaking KTM’s Brad Binder for P4. Despite a late challenge from Jack Miller, Vinales resisted the pressure, which was another sign that he and Aprilia were becoming a force to be reckoned with. While the pace shown by Viales was no surprise, the way he made his way through the field, and for this reason had an excellent score with Aprilia taking the first podium.

Alex Espargaro – 10

(qualified 5th, finished 4th)

Possibly the ride of his career, Espargaro recovered from the Quartaro crashing – a mistake that meant Espargaro fell to 15th after racing through the gravel for the fifth time – in order to score a crucial point in the championship. Espargaro began picking up riders with ease before another charge in the final few laps, leading to some really breathtaking overtakes. On the last lap Espargaro moved up to sixth on Martin, but it was his double overtake on the final corner that stole the show. As Binder took fourth on Miller, Espargaro went inside both riders and still managed to make a corner.

Brad Binder – 9

(qualified 10th, finished 5th)

After a solid qualifying performance, Binder again worked his Sunday magic to overtake teammate Miguel Oliveira. Had it not been for Espargaro’s surprising final lap overtake, Binder would have claimed fourth place. The South African continues to show why KTM has a world champion caliber rider.

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Jack Miller – 8

(qualified 6th, finished 6th)

As has become a theme in recent tours, Miller had to overcome another long-lap penalty to challenge for the podium. And although he was close, a failed attempt to pass Vinless in the final chicken was the reason he came under pressure and eventually lost two other places.

George Martin – 7

(Qualified 3rd, ranked 7th)

Four Ducatis-making Martins in the top seven were in contention for the podium for most of the race. However, the Spaniard struggled when it started to rain lightly as he quickly moved from third to sixth. Although it’s not the end result he wanted, Martin was again better than Ana Bastianini, the rider he was competing for a factory seat.

Joan Mir – 8

(qualified 14th, finished 8th)

While Mir recovered well from another disappointing qualifying, the lack of competition from Suzuki and itself has been a big surprise in recent times.

Miguel Oliveira – 7

(qualified 8th, 9th finished)

Despite out-qualifying Binder, Oliveira failed to produce the same type of race pace to keep up with his teammate. The Portuguese rider finished six seconds ahead of Binder.

Alex Rins – 7

(qualified 9th, 10th finished)

Like Mir, Rins was unable to fight for the top five after struggling in the opening round. After being overtaken by Espargaro, the Suzuki rider was initially able to keep up with him, before the pace set by Espargaro was too much for the reins.

Ennia Bastianini – 6

(qualified 16th, finished 11th)

Another tough weekend for Bastianini as the Italian crashed twice. The Grassini Ducati rider was able to make five places during the Grand Prix, however, the impressive late-race pace we often see from Bastianini was not.

takaki failure 6

(qualified 12th, 12th finished)

Finishing where he started, Nakagami was another rider who felt the wrath of the race direction as he crossed the track limit on several occasions and was awarded long-lap penalties.

Johann Zarko – 4

(qualified 7th, finished 13th)

A very non-Zarko-like performance as the Pramack rider struggled for speed throughout. On the day Quartaro was supposed to score points, Zarco certainly missed an opportunity.

Fabio Di Giannantonio – 5

(qualified 15th, finished 14th)

Having recently failed to reach the heights shown in qualifying, Dutch MotoGP continued in a similar vein to Di Giantonio.

Alex Marquez – 6

(qualified 21st, finished 15th)

In a weekend where Marquez secured a surprise move to Grassini Ducati for 2023, the Spaniard had no momentum in qualifying before scoring a point with P15.

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Andrea Dovizioso – 5

(qualified 17th, finished 16th)

Dovizioso finished as the highest placed Yamaha rider in a race for the first time this season, yet he was unable to score points in another race to forget it.

Luca Marini – 4

(qualified 13th, finished 17th)

With his teammate on the podium, Essen would not look back on his love for Marini as he was off pace throughout the weekend.

Stephen Bradl – 5

(qualified 18th, finished 18th)

The ‘bike burning’ issues were put entirely behind him in Essen as an improved performance for Bradl.

Remy Gardner – 4

(qualified 19th, finished 19th)

Caught between two test riders, Gardner, who could be poised to stay with the Tech 3 KTM in 2023, had another very tough run.

Lorenzo Savadori – 5

(qualified 22nd, finished 20th)

The last of the riders, the Dutch MotoGP was another important race for Savdori as he continues to develop the 22 RS-GP.

Fabio Quartaro – 3

(lol 2, dnf)

The big loser this weekend, not only in terms of our overall result, but also in our scoring, Quartaro had a terrible MotoGP of Essen. After a mistake at Turn One on the opening lap, Quartaro made a more costly error at Turn Five when he slammed to Espargaro. The chain leader lost the front-end of his machine after a very clumsy lunge and so the Aprilia crashed into the rider. But after remounting and making a quick return to the pit lane, Quartaro elected to turn back before suffering another fall, this time at turn five, due to an apparent traction control failure.

Franco Morbidelli – 3

(qualified 20th, DNF)

Another difficult weekend for Morbidelli began with him taking a long-lap penalty after riding slowly over the racing line. The Italian was awarded a penalty for his second offense which took place in FP2, as he inadvertently blocked Bastianini in one of the fastest sections of the circuit (sector four). In the race, Morbidelli had a disaster as he was hit with another long-lap penalty for not taking the first one, before also crashing for the fifth time.

Raul Fernandez – 4

(qualified 23rd, DNF)

Fernandez, who was nowhere in the race, eventually retired after suffering from a left hand problem.

Darrin Binder – 4

(qualified 24th, DNF)

Binder crashed it for not finishing three Yamahas shortly after Morbidelli did so. The 2022 season is looking more and more like it could be his only one in MotoGP.

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