Many are not aware that the inaugural MotoGP series in Qatar (6/3/2022) gave birth to many interesting facts. From the composition of the drivers, to the results of the races, there is a lot of history and new records.
Extracted from several sources, there are at least 6 interesting facts from the Qatar MotoGP event. Anything? Let’s follow the description below.
1. The first MotoGP race after being left by Valentino Rossi
There is something different from the Qatar MotoGP season 2022. For the first time since the last 26 years, the Grand Prix event took place without the figure of Valentino Rossi. This Italian racer decided to retire last year. He ended his career in MotoGP after winning 9 world titles in all classes.
Even so, Rossi left a lot of legacy. One of them is the Mooney VR46 Racing team that competes in class intermediate and premieres. In addition, the VR46 Academy dropouts he taught raced in all classes.
2. Student Valentino Rossi wins in Moto3 and Moto2
Qatar MotoGP results make Valentino Rossi happy. The reason is, the two drivers who graduated from VR46 Academy were able to win in the first series of races this season.
Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team) wins in the Moto3 class. Meanwhile, Celestino Vietti (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) managed to become the champion at the Lusail Circuit after dominating the race from the first lap.
3. Italians win in all classes for the first time since 1996
Qatar MotoGP is a good start for Italian riders. Besides Andrea Migno and Celestino Vietti, there is one more Italian racer who also won at the Lusail Circuit. Enea Bastianini won the MotoGP class. This Gresini Racing team rider fulfills the dominance of Italian racers in Qatar.
The last time an Italian won in all classes was in 1996. At that time Luca Cadalora won in the 500cc class, Max Biaggi in the 250cc and Stefano Perugini in the 125cc.
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4. Gresini Racing Team wins again in MotoGP class since 2006
Enea Bastianini’s victory in Qatar became a new history for the Gresini Racing team. For the first time after 16 years, this Italian team can win again in the MotoGP class.
In 2006, Toni Elias became the last Gresini racer to win during a race at the Portuguese GP. Now, in the 2022 season, Bastianini is the mainstay of the team that is now owned by Nadia Padovani, the wife of the late Fausto Gresini.
5. Team sponsored by an Indonesian company wins in MotoGP
Not only the Italian public are happy with Enea Bastianini’s victory. The Indonesian public can also be happy with the victory of this Gresini Racing team racer.
Since 2012, there have been companies from Indonesia that have become loyal sponsors of the Gresini team. For the 2022 season, there are at least 6 brands from Indonesia attached to the club livery Enea Bastianini motorcycle. There is Federal Oil, Antangin, Aspira, Bold Riders, KYT, and most recently, Wonderful Indonesia.
6. KTM is finally on the podium at the Lusail Circuit
In the MotoGP class, there is one more team that made history. Brad Binder of the KTM factory team managed to finish on the second podium. This result made him the first rider to be able to bring a KTM motorcycle to a podium finish at the Lusail Circuit.
Previously, the best result of this Austrian factory team was only in 8th position. No wonder the KTM officials are happy with the achievement of the Brad Binder trophy.
“It’s incredible, (even though) it’s a terrible track for us,” said Pit Beirer, Director of KTM Motorsport, as reported by Corsedimoto.
Every MotoGP event has its own uniqueness. The excitement is not only limited to duels on the race track. If you look more closely, there is always something unique about every race in MotoGP. What interesting things will happen at the Indonesian GP at the Mandalika Circuit, huh?
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