Right now, Fabio Quartararo is leading the MotoGP standings by 32 points with only seven races remaining in the season.
There is still plenty of room for challengers like Francesco Bagnaia or Aleix Espargaro to emerge from behind, but it’s going to take some impressive victories from them and some disastrous slip-ups from Quartararo.
Espargaro, Bagnaia Fighting for Second
Quartararo is ahead in the standings by more than 30 points, which leaves Espargaro and Bagnaia fighting for second until Quartararo makes a mistake.
Espargaro is ahead of Bagnaia by 12 points, which is a testament to his consistent driving. Bagnaia, on the other hand, has the most wins this season of any driver, but his inconsistency and crashes have cost him points.
Espargaro has that 12-point lead due to his consistent driving, as he has finished every race this year. Despite that, the MotoGP odds favor Bagnaia as the second favorite to win the championship with Espargaro as a huge underdog to claim the title.
Obviously, Quartararo is the prohibitive favorite to defending his championship from last year.
With only seven races left in the 20-race season of MotoGP, almost anything can still happen. Despite Quartararo being a heavy favorite, you never know what can happen in these high-stakes races.
Quartararo only has one DNF all season, but Bagnaia has five wins to his three. If Bagnaia can turn on the heat, he’ll be able to put serious pressure on Quartararo and threaten for that championship position.
The race this weekend will be taking place in Italy along the Rimini Riviera at the Misano circuit in Italy. The track is highlighted by beautiful seaside views and exciting tight turns.
Last year at this race, Espargaro, Bagnaia, and Quartararo all finished off the podium, so it will be very interesting to see how the race turns out this year.
Moto GP Top-Three Results 2022
Quartararo has won three races with seven podiums this year and has finished every race but one. In second place sits Espargaro, with only one win this year, but he has finished every race this year and has four podiums.
Finally, Francesco Bagnaia has the most wins with five, but also the most DNFs out of these three, with four races not finished. Bagnaia needs to avoid another DNF if he expects to have a chance at the trophy.
San Marino MotoGP Race Information
- Race: San Marino Grand Prix
- Location: Misano Circuit, Italy
- Day/Time: Sunday, Sept. 4, 5 a.m. ET
- San Marino and Rimini Rivera Moto GP Live Stream: MotoGP Live
MotoGP San Marino GP Race Prediction
Quartararo has been dominant and consistent all year. He is looking for his fourth race victory of the season and is sitting 32 points ahead of second place Aleix Espargaro heading into this race.
Fabio is an overwhelming favorite to win the MotoGP championship, and I fully expect him to do so. He won the championship last year as well, and I expect him to continue to dominate and take another MotoGP championship.
Espargaro is a good driver, but I do expect Bagnaia to surpass him into second place. Bagnaia has a great bike underneath him and is super quick. He just needs to avoid crashing to maintain a shot at the title this year. Quartararo is too good this year to lose out on the championship, and I am taking him to win it all.