It’s Time to Crown the Riders’ World Champion
Francesco Bagnaia has a 22-point lead in the Riders’ World Championship and needs a DNF, or a disastrous sub-15th place finish to not win the Championship.
Reigning Champion Fabio Quartararo has the betting online odds stacked against him to repeat as World Champion, but he’s not going down without a fight, despite a finger injury that requires surgery.
Championships have famously been awarded at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia to close the MotoGP season numerous times, and while the 2022 race might not have the same Championship drama as previous years, there are many riders who will be fighting for the last podium positions of the 2022 MotoGP season.
Circuit Ricardo Tormo Breakdown
One lap around the Circuit Ricardo Tormo is 14 turns over 2.488 miles (4.005 km). The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana will be contested over 27 laps for a total race distance of 67.2 miles (108.1 km).
Jorge Martin set the pole position for the 2021 Valencia Grand Prix with a lap time of 1:29.936. The fastest in-lap race was credited to Francesco Bagnaia, who posted a 1:31.042 on lap 16.
Ducati’s Bagnaia won the 2021 Valencia Grand Prix, while Jorge Martin (Pramac) and Jack Miller (Ducati) completed the podium and are contenders to reach the podium again in 2022. Ducati landed all three spots on the podium last year and looks poised to repeat that feat at the Valencia Grand Prix in 2022. Another Creative Headline for Second Team Using their Name
Francesco Bagnaia vs Fabio Quatararo Head-to-Head
With the constructors’ World Championship already awarded to Ducati, we have one head-to-head rider matchup we can focus on and it is for the Riders’ World Championship.
Although unlikely to retain the Championship, 2021 Riders’ World Champion Quartararo is the only person who can stop Ducati’s Bagnaia from claiming the 2022 Riders’ World Championship.
And it’s not a fair fight. With Quartararo requiring surgery on a damaged finger, he needs a truly championship drive and a Bagnaia DNF to win the Championship.
Quartararo will likely have to win the race from behind Bagnaia as he has only taken one pole position- the Indonesian Motorcycle Grand Prix – and three wins on the season, while Banaia has five pole positions and seven wins.
Importantly for your MotoGP odds for this weekend, Quartararo appears to be in fine form for the final race of the season, while Banaia is struggling in practice in Valencia.
MotoGP Valencia 2022 Information
- Game: 2022 Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana
- Location: Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain
- Day/Time: Sunday, November 6th, 2022. 9:00 A.M. ET
- MotoGP Valencia 2022 Live Stream: Formula1.com
MotoGP Valencia 2022 Betting Lines
|Odds To Win MotoGP Valencia 2022
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
MotoGP Valencia 2022 Prediction
There are two options for the Riders’ World Championship. Bagnaia is almost a lock to be the 2022 World Champion, so we expect his odds to be very short, while we expect Quartararo to be an unbelievably long shot.
We’re taking Bagnaia to win the Riders’ World Championship as one of our picks.
Our second prediction is we’re taking Enea Bastianini to win the Valencia Grand Prix, as he has been strong all season long. Jorge Martin has one of the fastest laps in Circuit Ricard Tormo history and has been on a run of excellent qualifying form recently. We see Martin and Bastianini having really favorable odds for the race win, the fastest qualifier, and the fastest lap in the race when the odds are released.
We’re not taking Bagnaia regardless of his odds of winning the race because he doesn’t need to push the limits or jeopardize his likely World Championship. However, we can find better odds and a more likely winner outside the fight for the Riders’ Championship. With that being said, we’re picking Enea Bastianini to get his fifth win of the season and Francesco Bagnaia to win the Riders’ World Championship.