2022 German MotoGP, Sachsenring Circuit – Race Results

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Fabio Quartararo has taken consecutive MotoGP victories with a dominant victory in the 2022 German MotoGP at the Sachsenring, ahead of Johann Zarco and Jack Miller.

Meanwhile, a costly early mistake for pole-starter Francesco Bagnaia may have wiped out the Italian’s already slim title hopes.

Bagnaia was beaten in turn 1 by Quartararo and attacked the Frenchman the next time. However, the Frenchman – eager to keep his M1 in the fresh air – cut right under the Ducati.

Disaster, in the form of a fourth DNF of the season, struck a few laps later on the exit of the same tight corner when the rear of Bagnaia’s Desmosedici slipped as he used the power.

That mistake gave reigning champion Quartararo a 1.3-second lead over Pramac Ducati’s Zarco, with the Aprilias of Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales finishing third and fourth.

30 laps around the Sachsenring always plague the left side of the rear tire and this afternoon’s scorching temperatures (35 air, 52 ground) made the tires even more of a concern.

With Quartararo among just three riders (along with Vinales and Pol Espargaro) choosing the medium rather than hard rear tire, all eyes were on signs of weakness in the Yamaha rider’s late race.

But Quartararo kept a solid pace until the end and now has a 34-point title lead, with Zarco also safely in second, while Aleix Espargaro and Miller battled for third.

Vinales had shadowed Espargaro for the first half of the race before taking the RS-GPs to Miller, who was recovering from a long lap penalty for falling under yellow flags on Saturday.

The Australian was fourth when the rear ride height device of Vinales’ Aprilia got stuck in the compressed position, forcing the Spaniard to stop with 13 laps to go.

Miller crashed into Espargaro at turn one with 8 laps to go, but ran wide… Then he repeated the move, with the same failed result, a few laps later, by which time both came under threat from Luca Marini, who was leading the charge. closing was quick on the bickering duo ahead with 5 laps to go.

However, just before Marini could arrive, Miller was handed third place as Espargaro went wide into Turn 1.

Zarco’s teammate Jorge Martin (first since hand surgery) completed the top six behind Marini, with Brad Binder leading KTM seventh, rookie Fabio di Giannantonio eighth and Miguel Oliveira ninth.

Enea Bastianini’s crew chief Alberto Giribuola was absent this weekend due to Covid, with Gresini’s technical coordinator Sergio Verbena as his replacement. He started only 17th on the grid and was the only rider to fit on the medium rather than hard front tyre. The three-time winner of the 2022 race finished tenth.

Suzuki’s Joan Mir fell moments after Bagnaia, putting an end to his hopes of a recovery from twelfth place.

Takaaki Nakagami and Alex Rins returned this weekend after their first accident in Barcelona. Rins, who suffered a wrist fracture, had to withdraw from the event after FP3, while Nakagami continued despite hitting his injured shoulder on Saturday.

Nakagami’s penalty weekend ended in an early race fall, with Repsol Honda teammate Alex Marquez and Pol Espargaro also on the DNF list.

Quartararo is the first new winner of German MotoGP since 2013, with Marc Marquez – unbeaten at the Sachsenring since the 125cc class in 2011 – absent as he recovers from a fourth surgery on his right arm.

Marquez was again replaced by HRC test rider and home Sachsenring hero Stefan Bradl.

The Sachsenring is the shortest circuit on the MotoGP calendar, with a length of only 3.7 km and a longest straight line of 700 meters. The track also has a strong anti-clockwise direction of 10 left turns compared to 3 right turns, including the infamous ‘waterfall’ descent at turn 11.

The Sachsenring also marked the middle of the scheduled 20-round world championship season, with round 11 taking place next weekend in Assen.

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