It's halfway through the season for MotoGP riders and it's increasingly looking like Francesco Bagnaia will walk away to a second world title. Fabio Quartararo is convinced of this. He compared the Italian with Max Verstappen, who this year reigns supreme in the overall standings of Formula 1. With a double victory at the Red Bull Ring (sprint and main race), Bagnaia increased his lead in the overall standings over second-placed Jorge Martin to 62 points. Out of the twenty races this year, he celebrated in nine. Quartararo, who managed to defeat the Italian in 2021 and become world champion, is convinced that he has no real competition this season. "I don't believe anyone can beat him this year. He's practically unstoppable like Verstappen in Formula 1. He has the best motorcycle but that doesn't guarantee success. Necessary
Ducati factory racers Francesco Bagnaia and Jack Miller were the fastest in Friday's free practice. The Australian was the fastest in the first, and the Italian in the afternoon, where as many as five Ducati racers were ranked in the top six. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1537781832619544577 Bagnaia, who was the second fastest in the first practice, set a new lap record in the afternoon, and after 45 minutes, Luca Marina came closest to his time. Miller, who is moving to KTM at the end of the season, was third ahead of Aleix Espargaro and Johann Zarc. Jorge Martin was sixth ahead of reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo, who was again Yamaha’s top-ranked racer. Eighth was Maverick Vinales and ninth was Fabio Di Giannantonio. Ten and eleven
Marc Marquez has experienced an emotional return to the MotoGP races in Portugal, from which he has been absent since last year’s race in Jerez. The Spaniard broke his arm in the first race of last season in the fall, but returned only in Portimao, where he left a very good impression with seventh place. The return, however, was not only emotional for him, but also for his mother, as he admitted to the Spanish AS. "My mother scolded me, not because I was doing it over the weekend, but because she cried because of me on Sunday." After a race weekend, the eight-time world champion admitted he felt some of the expected consequences. "Roka was tired, which was also expected. We will rest for a few days now, and I am slowly thinking about the race in Jerez. I will take a less emotional race there, but the body itself will show what the goals are.
It has only been 79 days since Jorge Lorenzo bid his definitive farewell to MotoGP, but the three time premier class world champion could be back already this year, as a Yamaha wildcard. The Iwata team have filed a wildcard request with IRTA for the Catalunya GP. Although there is no official information so far, it is believed it will be Lorenzo. The Spaniard has returned to MotoGP action today, where he was on track in Sepang. It was a long awaited moment, and the Majorcan quickly found his mojo on the M1. His times constantly improved and he set 8th fastest time after ruining 46 laps. His best time of the day was 2'00 "506, and it was just a fraction slower than his Malaysian GP qualifying effort in November last year, where he did a 2'00" 478 on the Honda.
Alex Rins will continue racing with the Suzuki Ecstar squad in 2021 and 2022, after extending his contract. Official announcement is expected to be made in the next days prior to the team official unveil on February 6th. 24 year old Rins, who won in Austin and Silverstone last year, finished the 2019 MotoGP championship in 4th place, which apparently convinced Davide Brivio into extending the deal with the young Barcelona rider. According to Italian media, who presented this news, Joan Mir will remain Rins' team mate until the end of 2022. There were some rumors that Ducati, after failing to poach Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo, was after Rins, so it is no surprise Suzuki mirrored Yamahas strategy in dealing with their riders contracts in record time, even befo ...