MotoGP has been absolutely cracking for a good few years now, despite a global pandemic doing it’s level best to put the kibosh on... Who’s going to win MotoGP in 2022?

MotoGP has been absolutely cracking for a good few years now, despite a global pandemic doing it’s level best to put the kibosh on things. No, the level of competition has gone up and up, there’s a strength in depth that I can’t remember ever seeing in a MotoGP field, and every race is as unpredictable and as entertaining as the last. That said, there has been some stand-out performances. Stand-out performances from rookies and GP veterans alike. So choosing a MotoGP champ for 2022 isn’t going to be easy.

Or is it? Because if I’m being honest, if I was going to put any money on anyone taking the ’22 crown (and I may well put some money on it), I know exactly who it would be.

It wouldn’t be Fabio Quartararo, despite him winning the 2021 season with two rounds to spare. I wouldn’t be completely gobsmacked if he were to take a second title, but Quarter-pounder wasn’t anywhere near as strong in the second half of the season as he was in the first. And although he’s usually mega, mega fast, he can sometimes be a bit hit and miss. Especially if it rains.

I also don’t think Marc Marquez is going to take another MotoGP World Championship in 2022. He did show a few signs of brilliance in 2021 (Sachsenring, COTA, Misano 2) and if he could manage performances like that a bit more often, he’d have a good chance of taking the championship. But I don’t think ‘the old Marquez is back’ just yet. I don’t know whether that’s because he’s not back up to full fitness. Perhaps it’s because the rest of the field have upped their game. The end result is MM93 not being as dominant as he used to be. Not by a long shot.

Perhaps the 2020 champ, Joan Mir, will be chomping at the bit to strip the crown off Fabio’s head. I’m not convinced he’ll be able to do it though. Whilst the Suzuki riding Spaniard is always there or there abouts, he’s seldom the fastest man on Sunday. But then again, that’s how he won in 2020, wasn’t it? So you can never really rule him out completely.

Of course there is always the possibility that a rider like Jack Miller, Johan Zarco, Brad Binder, Miguel Oliveira or either of the Espargaros, could finally get their finger out after years of trying, and surprise us all. But whilst I could see any one of them winning a race or two, it would be a surprise if any of them won overall.

And you mustn’t forget there were some seriously impressive new kids on the block in ’21. Kids that have learnt the art of riding a MotoGP bike now and will no doubt be as fast as fudge in 2022. Jorge Martin and Enea Bastianini had some seriously impressive rides at the end of this year; if they carry that on they could well be title contenders in 2022.

But I’m not putting my money on any of the rookies. Or any of the former MotoGP world champions. I think the rider that’s going to take the spoils in 2022 is the 2018 Moto2 world champ Pecco Bagnaia. His form at the close of the 2021 season was nothing short of incredible. Five podiums from six races, four of which were wins. He was on fire. And I see no reason why he won’t take that form into MotoGP 2022. He’ll be on one of the best bikes on the grid (certainly one of the fastest) and he knows exactly how to ride it.

Of course, my pre-season predictions don’t always age well, so who knows what will happen. Perhaps one of the 2022 rookies, like Remy Gardner or Darryn Binder will make me look stupid. Who knows? What I do know is this… I can’t wait for the season to start.

Who’s your money on?

Boothy

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Tochampionship unless there are lots of winners a
3 months ago

Bagnia has to be my favourite. I can’t see Marquez ever winning another championship unless there are lots of winners and he wins like Hayden did or like Rims did. He certainly won’t dominate has he once did

gilbert tungu
gilbert tungu
4 months ago

am a fabio and yamaha fan but towards the end of last season, my energy started shifting to pecco on his ducati, the guy is swift and fights on, fabio take care pecco is another wrong no.

andy
andy
6 months ago

With 8 Ducati’s on the grid, it’s going to be hard for anyone else to get consistent results to get the title. It’s Pecco’s for the taking, unless he starts throwing it down the road. Fabio and Mir will be fighting for third at best most races. They will be able to get the crown if Pecco doesn’t stay on.

Certainly expect most races for 5 or 6 Ducati’s in the top 10. The 2021 and 2022 Ducati’s are “plug and play”, they are built around standard modules, so even a 2021 can get a lot of the 2022 parts

Sir Swipe
Sir Swipe
6 months ago

Pecco’s def short odds but there could also be the faint odor of Pedrosa about him. The former Honda golden child cooked up in an HRC lab was always a hot favorite for a run on the title. Unfortunately he’d only get a few races’ burst of dominance before injury or some misalignment of “the package” kept his run of the table was halted. We’ll see what Pecco’s made of now that he’s got the spotlight on him. I’d probably put my money on Fab Force 1 but I don’t think Yamaha will anything in the stable to run with red bikes week in & week out.

Terry
Terry
6 months ago

It’s got to be Bagnaia; the rider and bike combination came good at the end of 21, and I only see Pecco becoming more mature and skilled. His ability to see off Marquez proves he has a cool head under attack.

Daniel Shoemake
Daniel Shoemake
6 months ago

I definitely see Pecco being the main threat for the title. I’ll put it to these three, Pecco, Marquez, and Fabio are the three with the strongest chances, but the Ducati is such a strong package and Pecco can ride the balls off it.