Three MotoGP riders who will be under pressure in Germany this weekend
The 2022 MotoGP season will reach the halfway point this weekend, when the series heads to the Sachsenring for the German GP.
For Fabio Quartararo, the trip to Saxony will offer the Frenchman the opportunity to further increase his lead at the top of the world rankings, as he aims for a second consecutive title.
Indeed, with Marc Marquez, who has won the last eight MotoGP races at this circuit, out as he continues his recovery from his latest arm surgery, the door is open for others to impress.
After the events of the last few races, there are certainly plenty of riders who will have to do just that one way or another, although it may not be the one to end Marquez’s victory on this track.
With that in mind, we’ve looked at three runners who are in serious need of a positive result in Germany over the next few days.
Not only does Nakagami still need to find results as he seeks his first podium in more than four years in MotoGP, amid links with others taking his LCR Honda race, but his riding style will likely be subject to scrutiny this weekend.
The 30-year-old was lucky not to suffer serious injury or punishment from the stewards for his crash at the very first corner last time out in Catalonia, which also wiped out two other riders. One of those two was Suzuki’s Alex Rins, who had already made his displeasure with Nakagami’s riding style clear after a meeting between the pair in Italy the previous week.
It could therefore be argued that Nakagami will be walking the thinnest tightropes this weekend, which means he will have to try and pick up the points he needs to try to secure his place on the grid for next season, without be mistaken. way that could see him punished in a way that will cost him more in future races.
After being the second driver caught by Nakagami’s accident in Catalonia a fortnight ago, Baganaia could do nothing to avoid his non-score in this race.
But whatever the fault for that crash, his failure to rack up points, combined with Quartararo’s dominating win in Spain, means Ducati’s pre-season title favorite now has 66 points behind the Frenchman in the race for title glory.
This means Bagnaia will need to start taking points away from Quartararo as soon as possible if he is to have any chance of winning his first MotoGP title this year. But with the longer, smoother Sachsenring corner likely to favor Quartaro’s Yamaha over Baganaia’s Ducati this weekend, the Italian will have his work cut out for him if he wants to make it in Germany.
After such a frustrating year, it had briefly looked like Franco Morbidelli had finally turned a corner in Catalonia, with the 27-year-old for once managing to match the lap times of his factory Yamaha team-mate Quartararo in the practice sessions. Friday practice.
However, in Sunday’s race, it once again seemed like a long way off. While Quartaro took the win, Morbidelli was forced to settle for 13th, crossing the line 33 seconds behind the French winner.
Although Morbidelli has a contract with Yamaha for next season, there have been many examples over the years of those being severed early, and with only two bikes on the grid in 2023 as things stand, the Japanese automaker will have to get everything they can out of what they have. With that in mind, Morbidelli may have to start finding results somewhere fast, if he is to avoid questions about his long-term future with Yamaha.
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