MotoGP Results – Round 18 of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship

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Update: Alex Marquez has been given a long lap penalty for MotoGP Malaysia next weekend for causing the collision with Jack Miller.

Australian MotoGP 2022, Phillip Island – Race Results
Pos Rider Nat Crew Time/diff.
1 Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 40m 50.654s
2 Mark Marquez SPA Honda Repsol (RC213V) +0.186s
3 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP22) +0.224s
4 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)* +0.534s
5 Enea Bastianini ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21) +0.557s
6 Luca Marini ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22) +0.688s
seven jorge martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP22) +0.884s
8 John Zarco ENG Pramac Ducati (GP22) +3.141s
9 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP) +4.548s
ten Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16) +5.940s
11 Pol Espargaro SPA Honda Repsol (RC213V) +11.048s
12 Miguel Oliveira ORP Red Bull KTM (RC16) +13.606s
13 Cal Crutchlow UK WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1) +13.890s
14 Darryn Binder RSA WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)* +14.526s
15 Remy Gardner AU KTMTech3 (RC16)* +19.470s
16 Raul Fernandez SPA KTMTech3 (RC16)* +20.645s
17 Maverick Vinales SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP) +22.167s
18 Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) +23.489s
19 Tetsuta Nagashima JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) +39.618s
20 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21)* +39.633s
Franco Morbidelli ITA Yamaha Monster (YZR-M1) DNF
Fabio Quartararo ENG Yamaha Monster (YZR-M1) DNF
Jack Miller AU Ducati Lenovo (GP22) DNF
Alex Marquez SPA LCR Honda (RC213V) DNF

* Rookie

Alex Rins gave Suzuki a thrilling MotoGP victory at Phillip Island with Marc Marquez on the podium for the first time this season and Francesco Bagnaia the new MotoGP title leader after Fabio Quartararo crashed during a Grand Prix at Spectacular Australia.

Quartararo had already slipped from 7th to 22nd after a scary moment under braking at the Miller corner early in the race, but worse was to follow for the Frenchman when he lost the front at turn 2 just before halfway through the stage. .

While Rins and Marquez have done Quartararo a big favor in terms of dropped points, Bagnaia’s 14-point lead means the Ducati rider can win the world championship at the Malaysian Grand Prix next weekend.

Hometown hero Jack Miller has ditched spectacular fashion after being torpedoed by Alex Marquez at the hairpin named in his honor on Saturday.

Bagnaia suffered from puncture device problems at the start but recovered well, placing a firm pass on Quartararo to finish the opening lap behind pole sitter Jorge Martin and Repsol Honda’s Marquez, the only rider on the soft rear tyre.

Martin continued to lead until he was passed by Rins, who started the race just tenth, on lap 15 of 27. Bagnaia hit the front of the large lead group shortly after, but it seemed that many, including Marquez, were still very tired. -economy mode before a showdown at the end of the race.

While Bagnaia had the title to think about, Rins and Marquez only had eyes for racing glory.

A Marquez lunge on Rins briefly gave Bagnaia and new closest rival Marco Bezzecchi a few bike lengths up front. Johann Zarco had been too cautious to pass Bagnaia last time out at Buriram, but what would fellow Ducati satellite rider Bezzecchi do?

Whether the VR46 rider hesitated or not, Rins and Marquez passed Bezzecchi to start the final lap crawling on Bagnaia’s Ducati.

Rins then dove under Bagnaia at Turn 2 with Marquez also putting the Italian aside. Marquez looked left, right and center but Rins left no room for an overtake and – just three races before the GSX-RR was mothballed and the team disbanded – took the win by 0.186 seconds.

Bagnaia was just 0.038s behind the Honda rider, with Bezzecchi leading a line of five Ducatis directly behind the #63…

A frustrated third in the World Championship, Aleix Espargaro was unable to fully capitalize on Quartararo’s error, spending much of the race in sixth before slipping to ninth. The Aprilia rider is now 27 points behind Bagnaia and 13 behind Quartararo.

Brad Binder finished tenth for Red Bull KTM with teammate Miguel Oliveira recovering in 12th place, behind Pol Espargaro, after being demoted three places on the grid and having to serve a long lap penalty for making a slow start. “illegal” training, then retained Enea Bastianini at the end of Qualifying 1, when the Portuguese mistakenly believed that the session was over.

Remy Gardner’s first and only home MotoGP appearance for the foreseeable future ended with a point in 15th. The Tech3 KTM rookie will return to Phillip Island next season as a WorldSBK rider.

Franco Morbidelli joined teammate Quartararo, Miller and Alex Marquez on the DNF roster, to end a disastrous day for Monster Yamaha.

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