MotoGP 2022 Round 12: Silverstone

Vinales blinks, Pecco wins British Grand Prix

There are people who don’t like racing at Silverstone, for whatever reason. The cafeteria in the press room is inferior? The air conditioning lacks gusto? It’s flat as a board? Its military roots are offensive to the universe? Silverstone is long and fast and wide, allowing for more overtakes than you see in any other race on the calendar. The result is what we saw today, 20 laps of brilliant riding, strategies working and failing, five Ducatis in the top ten, and Pecco closing the gap to Fabio by 17 points.

After a warm weekend of practice and qualifying, the view from here, waiting for the lights to go out, was that Fabio’s Yamaha would be at a decided disadvantage versus the Ducs and Apes. Pecco Bagnaia, everyone’s pre-season favorite, was likely to continue his recent form of either winning or crashing out. Aleix and his Aprilia looked fast all weekend until it launched him into a low Earth orbit during FP4, causing him to race with one leg/ankle/foot combination and one leg/etc. He managed a respectable P9 in a race most mortal humans would have mailed in. Johann “Bridesmaid” Zarco, still looking for his first premier class win, and looking swarthier than ever with the elegant full beard, won pole with another seven riders who broke Marc Marquez’s previous track record set in 2018. And, lo and behold, who comes lurking around the upper echelons of the racing food chain but one Maverick Vinales, aka Cole Trickle. He appeared to be preparing for a stirring comeback to the top step of the podium in merry England, but was unable to mount a successful challenge to Bagnaia on the final lap, appearing to come slightly unglued in the process. P2 is a nice result for Pop Gun as he attempts to resurrect his once promising career with the Noale factory,

Zarco took the holeshot on his Pramac Ducati and led the race for five laps until bad luck, the only kind he knows, undid him, sliding out of the lead into a general Gallic funk. Jack Miller, the forgotten man in MotoGP, spent most of (qualifying and) the race in P3, ultimately securing 16 points for his day’s work. Alex Rins appeared to have good pace all weekend and looked strong early today, but developed what appeared to be grip issues before fading to P7 at the flag.

So, after Zarco led at the start, Rins took over the lead until he was passed by Pecco on Lap 12, who was never seriously challenged thereafter. Vinales moved up the leader board over the last few laps, creating the anticipated Bagnaia vs. Vinales challenge on the last lap. But Pop Gun’s resurrection will have to wait, as he was unable to bring the fight to Bagnaia due to several twitches. Pecco never blinked.

Fabio ended up limping home in P8. EBas, who started in P8 and had nothing going on most of the day, rallied late to secure P4 and feel good about himself heading to Austria in two weeks.

Silverstone Top 10

Bagnaia

Vinales

Miller

Bastiannini

JMartin

Oliveira

Rins

Quartararo

Espargaro

Bezzecchi

2022 top 10 after 12 rounds

Quartararo          180

Espargaro            158

Bagnaia                131

Bastiannini            118

Zarco                     114

Miller                     107

BBinder                   98

Rins                          84

Vinales                     82

Oliveira                     81

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5 Responses to “MotoGP 2022 Round 12: Silverstone”

  1. Buzz Says:

    Just like a real Tom Cruise movie.

    He’s a really good racer, then had a crisis of confidence. After a lengthy chat with his girlfriend, he realizes he can still do it!

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  2. Vrooom Says:

    Shame for Aleix. That was a nasty get off, he’s lucky Fabio didn’t excel.

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  3. Old MOron Says:

    That was a fun race, but I’m bummed for Zarco. Oh well, he seemed upbeat in his post-race interview. I’m sure he’ll mount another challenge.

    It was fun watching Fabio practice that long-lap penalty loop all weekend. He nailed it during the race, but he couldn’t mount a challenge from within the pack. He said his medium rear tire worked great during free practice, but with the heat of battle it didn’t perform as he expected.

    Gritty showing from Aleix. Good on him.

    Cole Trickle was VERY happy during the post-race presser. He deserves it. He rode well. I still route against him because it’s fun to have a villain, and he’s the best candidate now that Lorenzo is gone.

    Happy for BaggyEyes. Seems he consulted both Casey and Valentino during the weekend. Said Valley’s tire advice helped him a lot. Good to know.

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  4. paulevalence Says:

    good race, great re-cap!

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  5. Old MOron Says:

    And a shout out to Brucey for favoring us with a brolly girl. I’m glad to see them back on the grid. They’re the best part of the pre-race coverage.

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