‘Clear of Quartararo,’ Pecco Bagnaia tames opposition to claim epic Silverstone victory


‘Clear of Quartararo,’ Pecco Bagnaia tames opposition to claim epic Silverstone victory

Pecco Bagnaia British Gp

After an enthralling 20 laps, Ducati rider Pecco Bagnaia managed to hold off Maverick Vinales until the very last lap in order to win the 2022 British GP. Silverstone never disappoints and here we got to experience another instance as to why such is the case. 

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This is the Italian rider’s fourth win of the season. Fabio Quartararo had a below optimal race and proceeded to finish in 8th place. This being just one place in front of his direct title rival Aleix Espargaro. 

It was a surprise to see Aleix even taking part in the British GP and him finishing just behind the Yamaha rider meant not many points were lost in the standings. Aleix Espargaro can rest easy now that the British GP is over. He must have been in incredible pain with his massive crash in FP4. Johann Zarco on the other had everything to lose for the British GP and that is exactly what he did. 

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Johann Zarco crashes out of the lead of the British Grand Prix

Johann Zarco British GP
Johann Zarco British GP

The French rider started the race in pole position, something that he has done 7 times previously. He then proceeded to lose everything that he had worked for on saturday and crashed out from the lead of the Grand Prix. This is not promising at all since he is one of the contenders for that Factory Ducati seat for 2023. Him crashing out like this would have not had a great impression on the heads at Ducati.

Maverick Vinales on the other hand was clearly a madman on the track today. The Aprilia rider lost out in the first half of the race but later managed to charge through and come home in P2. He managed to overtake the helpless Suzuki of Alex Rins and further went on to pull an overtake on Jack Miller. It would have been a race victory for Vinales but that wasn’t the case as a costly mistake in the last lap prevented him from doing so. Nevertheless finishing P2 and splitting the Ducati boys is a great effort. 

Fabio Quartararo failed to make it a consecutive race victory in Silverstone with his poor performance

Fabio Quartararo British GP
Fabio Quartararo British GP

Fabio Quartararo just didn’t seem to have the pace to fight at the front today. His long lap penalty was also a big nuisance. It came in between him and his second win in a row at Silverstone.The Yamaha rider’s lack of pace meant everyone was able to take advantage and pass the helpless rider. MotoGP fans further proceeded to throw over some criticism and banter towards Fabio Quartararo while some stated that Pecco Bagnaia was a better rider. 

It was already a disappointing day for Fabio Quartararo but it became worse when he lost 7th position to Miguel Olivera who then proceeded to finish in P6. Alex Rins was helpless and dropped from P2 to P7 as there was a serious lack of pace and tyre grip presumably for the Suzuki rider. The French rider was also attacked by his title rival Aleix Espargaro at the penultimate corner but managed to hold him off to finish ahead.

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Gresini rider Enea Bastianini proceeded to finish the race in P4 after starting the race in P8. Ducati’s factory team will be happy with the 1-3 achieved today. It could have been a 1-2 if not for Maverick Vinales’s amazing sprint till the finish. Overall it was a massively entertaining race and thoroughly enjoyable. Today’s finish was also the second closest MotoGP race finish this season.

What were your thoughts on the 2022 British Grand Prix?

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