11/19/2021 at 18:52 CET
The Italian ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia, who said goodbye to the MotoGP World Championship with his fourth victory of the season in Valencia, proclaiming himself runner-up, has started the preseason in Jerez presenting his candidacy for the 2022 title, after leading with authority the collective tests of the category reigns in the Andalusian layout. The Ducati rider was the only one to come down from the 1.37 (1.36.872) barrier, leaving reigning champion Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) at four tenths.Bagnaia, who finished 26 points behind the Frenchman in the MotoGP general classification, has made the most of the improvements made by those from Borgo Panigale, who this year have won the constructors’ title and have dominated in most circuits. In 2022, Ducati will increase its presence on the grid to eight bikes. Five of them will be the new GP22 that we have seen the last two days in Jerez.Suzuki, which in 2021 has lost the title at the hands of Ducati, has also put the batteries and Alex Rins he finished third in the timesheets, although above half a second compared to Bagnaia. The best Honda was Pol Espargaró’s (4th), while Maverick Viñales continues with his adaptation to Aprilia and has completed the ‘top five’ in Jerez, ahead of the 2020 champion, Joan Mir (Suzuki) and Taakaki Nakagami, that after leading the first day (1.37.313), today he dropped to seventh place with the Honda of the LCR, but he placed second in the combined of the two days.
Among the rookies of the queen category, the best has been Fabio Di Giannantonio (19th), ahead of Raúl Fernández.
The results of the Jerez test, in the MotoGP link