The smell of the 2022 MotoGP competition has begun to be detected. Even in February or just a few days away, the pre-season test will be held at the Sepang Circuit, Malaysia and then continued at the Mandalika Circuit, Lombok.
Who is your favorite racer to win? The names of Fabio Quartararo as defending champion, Pecco Bagnaia, the strongest Ducati racer to the 2020 MotoGP world champion, Joan Mir, deserve to be seeded.
However, in this article, Bola.com predicts that there will be three racers who have been at the top but will have difficulties in MotoGP 2022.
Their big name, of course, is at stake. Who are they? Let’s scroll down to find out.
1. Jack Miller
Jack Miller started the 2022 MotoGP with the fact that Ducati has six riders now strengthening its satellite team and one of them could kick him out for the 2023 season.
Yes, the contracts of almost all riders in MotoGP 2022 will expire. For Jack Miller, he must show off to Ducati if he wants to get a contract extension.
The problem is he is under heavy pressure especially his teammate, Pecco Bagnaia is much stronger than he was last season.
Not to mention the Ducati satellite racers who may be able to achieve better achievements than him in MotoGP 2022. Call it Enea Bastianini, Jorge Martin, Johann Zarco to Luca Marini.
2. Maverick Vinales
Maverick Vinales is almost always predicted as a candidate for MotoGP world champion every time a new season arrives. But for the 2022 season the situation has changed drastically.
As is known, since the last few races of last season, he no longer strengthened Yamaha and left for Aprilia.
The challenge to be fast with Aprilia, the weakest manufacturer in MotoGP 2021, is very heavy. Indeed, his team-mate, Aleix Espargaro, was able to bring the Aprilia RS-GP motorbike many times by surprise.
However, Maverick Vinales’ knowledge of Aprilia motorcycles is not as good as Aleix’s. The former Suzuki racer is certain to have to work extra hard in the 2022 MotoGP.
3. Andrea Dovizioso
Once triumphed with Ducati and had the status of the only racer who could match Marc Marquez. But now Andrea Dovizioso is no longer strengthening Ducati.
At the age of no longer young, he again started adapting from scratch with the WithU RNF Yamaha satellite team. After riding a Ducati motorcycle for a long time, then moving to Yamaha is not an easy matter for the adaptation aspect.
Moreover, last season when riding a Yamaha Petronas SRT team, Andrea Dovizioso’s track record was not very good.
Unless there’s a miracle, it’s hard to see Andrea Dovizioso competing for victory like he was riding a Yamaha.
Preparations for the 2022 MotoGP start tomorrow at the Sepang Circuit, let’s check which racers are taking part in the shakedown test
The wait is over, the MotoGP team and racers have landed at the Sepang Circuit, Malaysia after going through a strict health protocol process.
MotoGP Paddock returned to Malaysia after being absent for more than two years. The Sepang Circuit will be the venue for the shakedown test or warm-up starting from January 31 to February 2.
After the shakedown test, only on February 5-6 will all racers be able to take part in the test at the Sepang Circuit. Yes, the shakedown test cannot be followed by all 2022 MotoGP participants.
There are three special requirements for drivers who want to perform on the shakedown test. First, the concession manufacturer of which there is currently only one: Aprilia.
As a result Aprilia was able to field their factory drivers: Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales. Second, rookie racers or debutants.
The rookies eligible for the Sepang shakedown test are Raul Fernandez, Remy Gardner, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Marco Bezzecchi and Darryn Binder.
The third requirement is a test rider or test rider. As a result, there will be names like Dani Pedrosa (KTM test rider), Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha test rider), and Stefan Bradl (Honda test rider).
Fabio Di Giannantonio (Rookie-Gresini)
Marco Bezzecchi (Rookie-VR46)
Michele Pirro (test racer)
Stefan Bradl (test racer)
Darryn Binder (Rookie-RNF Yamaha)
Cal Crutchlow (test racer)
Raul Fernandez (Rookie-Tech3 KTM)
Remy Gardner (Rookie-Tech3 KTM)
Dani Pedrosa (test racer)
Sylvain Guintoli (test racer)
Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia manufacturer)
Maverick Vinales (Aprilia manufacturer)
Lorenzo Savadori (test racer)