Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati) has taken his second consecutive victory and fourth of the season in the British MotoGP 2022 this Sunday at Silverstone. The Italian has managed to contain the late attacks of Maverick Viñales (Aprilia), who has also claimed his second podium in a row as Jack Miller (Ducati) was third.
As for the main title contenders they have both produced very modest results albeit for very different reasons. The current leader of the World Championship, Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), had to settle for an eighth-place finish, four down from where he started, due to a wrong choice of tires.
Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia), for his part, uneasy after crashing in Free Practice 4, just about managed to finish behind his French rival, giving up a single point in the standings. He is now second with 158 points, 22 less than ‘El Diablo’.
Zarco holds on to the pole at the start…and then he crashes
Zarco managed to hold on to his pole position at the start of the British MotoGP. His compatriot Quartararo climbed to second place ahead of the Ducatis of Miller and Bagnaia.
Rins also performed a vertiginous comeback, climbing from eleventh to fifth place in the blink of an eye. Viñales, on the contrary, faithful to his style, had a bad start and fell from second to sixth place.
Eighteen laps into the race and Zarco was at the lead closely followed by Quartararo and Miller a few meters behind. Meanwhile, Rins continued on his ascent overtaking Bagnaia for fourth.
With seventeen laps to go, Quartararo had fulfilled his long-lap penalty and returned fifth between Bagnaia and Viñales but in the next lap, the British MotoGP 2022 would turn on its head. Race leader Zarco, crashed, handing first place over to Miller, followed by Rins and Bagnaia.
Shortly after, Rins climbed to first place, immediately opening 0.4s with the Ducatis of Miller and Bagnaia, who would exchange places a few meters after that.
In the next lap, Rins doubled his lead with Bagnaia, who, in turn, distanced himself 0.3s from his teammate Miller. There were twelve laps left to the end and Maverick overtook Quartararo to climb to fifth, working as a team to deprive the French championship leader of as many points as possible.
Despite his best efforts, the #42 could not leave Bagnaia behind. With eleven laps to go, both rivals were rolling four-tenths of a second apart. The Italian then hunted Rins down with Miller and Martín very close completing the leading quartet.
Pecco passes Rins and escapes to victory
After pressuring Rins for a while, Pecco passed him with just nine laps remaining. A master in escaping away when left alone, Bagnaia flew ahead to open 0.2s with Rins, who was gradually losing steam. The Spaniard was then overtaken by Miller, now second, for a Ducati-dominated British MotoGP 2022.
Pecco was running 0.3s ahead of Miller, while Rins had dropped behind the other Ducati. The Spaniard was overtaken by Viñales and Martín with four laps to go, falling to fifth place.
The Catalan rider, for his part, passed Miller for second with only three laps remaining, and although he caught up with Bagnaia, even passing him briefly, he had to settle for a fantastic second place behind the Italian. Following was an ecstatic Jack Miller taking third place.
Images of British MotoGP 2022: Michelin.