Francesco Bagnaia wins the exciting Malaysian MotoGP

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Despite having won the Malaysian GP this time, Francesco Bagnaia cannot win the MotoGP world title yet this season as Fabio Quartararo still has the chance to win his second world title this year. – The nineteenth series of the 2022 MotoGP season took place at the Sepang circuit in Selangor, Malaysia. In the Malaysian GP this time around, Lenovo Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia managed to win an exciting race against his potential teammate next season, Enea Bastianini. Although he won the race, Bagnaia failed to win the world title.

This is because his strongest rival, Monster Energy Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo, who finished in third place, still has a chance to win his second world title.

Francesco Bagnaia wins the exciting Malaysian MotoGP

Road race

The Malaysian MotoGP race itself lasted 20 laps in cloudy weather but it didn’t rain. After the start, the rider of the Pramac Ducati team, Jorge Martin, who started from pole position, managed to keep the position. Francesco Bagnaia, who started from ninth position, slowly started to climb and was already in second position after the first lap.

Excellent start also for Fabio Quartararo, who started from 12th position. Until the first lap of age, the French Monster Engery Yamaha rider was already in position 5. Quartararo was ahead of his teammate, Franco Morbidelli, who also got off to a good start. On lap five Quartararo managed to overtake Marq Marquez (Repsol Honda) to take fourth place.

Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati), Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) and Enea Bastianini (Gresini Ducati) on lap six. 1 lap later, Jorge Martin had bad luck. He was leading the race, the Spaniard crashed in the seventh corner and at that moment he had to finish the race.

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Francesco Bagnaia wins the exciting Malaysian MotoGP

With the death of Jorge Martin, Francesco Bagnaia took over the leadership of the race. Bagniaia fought closely with Bastianini to become the winner of this Malaysian GP series. Fabio Quartararo, third after Jorge Martin’s exit, struggled to keep up with the two front riders who share the famous Ducati GP22 which is perfectly suited to the Sepang circuit.

The duel between Bagnaia and Bastianini begins to be exciting in the last part of the race. For example, like the 11th lap in which Bastianini managed to overtake Bagnaia. However, 3 laps later, Bagnaia overtook Bastianini again and regained command of the race from his potential teammate for next season.

In the remaining 5 laps Quartararo in fact began to approach Bagnaia and Bastianini with a gap of 1.6 seconds. But not enough to be able to match the power of the Ducati bike that really dominates this Malaysian GP. On the last lap Bastianini tried to overtake Bagniaia and take the victory, but unfortunately his efforts did not bear fruit.

Francesco Bagnaia wins the exciting Malaysian MotoGP

Until in the end Bagnaia was the winner of the Malaysian MotoGP this time followed by Bastianini and Quartararo. Marco Bezzechi (VR46 Racing Team), Alex Rins (Suzuki), Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo), Marq Marquez (Repsol Honda), Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM), Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) and Aleix Espargaro took the positions respectively 4 to 10.

Despite having won at the Malaysian GP, ​​Francesco Bagnaia was unable to take the world title. Currently he has collected 258 points, but Fabio Quartararo who is in second place with 235 has a difference of 23 points. This means that, mathematically, Quartararo still has a chance to win his second world title this season.

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The final series of the Valencia GP from 4 to 6 November will be a key witness to who will win the MotoGP world title this season between Bagnaia and Quartararo. It will certainly be very interesting to watch.


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