Following a hectic build up to round three of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship, which saw Friday’s track action cancelled due to a delay in the MotoGP teams‘ cargo shipment, the paddock was delighted to finally get track action underway on Saturday.
Starting the shortened 25-lap encounter from sixth on the grid, Fabio Quartararo made a strong start, holding seventh in the opening stages before slipping to ninth by the end of the opening lap. Losing further positions on the second tour of the Termas circuit, Quartararo began to find his rhythm and got his head down.
Making the most of his hard-soft tyre combination, the Frenchman launched an attack on compatriot Johann Zarco. Briefly getting ahead of the Ducati, the Yamaha rider established 12th place after Zarco crashed out on lap six. With Takaaki Nakagami in front, the Monster Energy Yamaha rider pushed on, getting the better of the Japanese rider on lap nine.
Just outside of the top-ten by the midway stage, Quartararo was promoted to tenth after a crash for his rival on lap 15, but he wasn’t finished there. The 22-year-old worked his way up to eighth, clearing Enea Bastianini and Luca Marini by lap 19. With the gap to Brad Binder too much for him to bridge, the 2021 World Champion held eighth position to the flag, securing eight points for his championship quest.
WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team’s Darryn Binder put in another strong performance. The rookie started his third MotoGP race from 23rd place and made a solid start. Gaining three places on the opening lap, the South African moved ahead of Franco Morbidelli before getting locked in battle with his fellow rookies. Fighting hard for 17th, Binder narrowly missed out, dropping to 18th place on the final lap, 28.784 seconds from first.
Andrea Dovizioso’s Argentinian Grand Prix assault hit difficulty when an issue forced him to enter the pits on lap one. However, the experienced Italian was able to re-join the race, albeit three laps adrift from the rest of the field, finishing 20th.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Franco Morbidelli endured a tough start to the Grand Prix, slipping back to 18th on the opening lap. Working his way up to the cusp of the points battle, the 27-year-old was forced to retire with a puncture prematurely ending his challenge.
World Champion Fabio Quartararo now sits fifth in the standings, ten points behind the series leader. Franco Morbidelli lays 12th while Darryn Binder and Andrea Dovizioso sit 19th and 21st respectively. Yamaha head to Austin fifth in the constructor’s standings; Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP place fourth in the team rankings with 49 points.
There’s no rest for the MotoGP paddock as they head stateside for the American Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas where Fabio Quartararo will be aiming for repeat-success of his podium finish at the Texan venue in October last year.
Gran Premio Michelin® de la República Argentina Results
1. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing
2. Jorge Martin – Pramac Racing +0.807
3. Alex Rins – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +1.330
4. Joan Mir – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +1.831
5. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team +5.840
6. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +6.192
7. Maverick Viñales – Aprilia Racing +6.540
8. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +10.215
9. Marco Bezzecchi – Mooney VR46 Racing Team +12.622
10. Enea Bastianini – Gresini Racing MotoGP +12.987
11. Luca Marini – Mooney VR46 Racing Team +13.962
12. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMITSU +14.002
13. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +14.456
14. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team +14.898
15. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda Castrol +23.472
16. Raul Fernandez – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing +25.862
17. Remy Gardner – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing +28.711
18. Darryn Binder – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team +28.784
19. Stefan Bradl – Honda HRC +31.943
20. Andrea Dovizioso – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team +3 laps
NC. Fabio Di Giannantonio – Gresini Racing MotoGP 22 laps
NC. Pol Espargaro – Repsol Honda Team 14 laps
NC. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 7 laps
NC. Johann Zarco – Pramac Racing 5 laps
2022 MotoGP World Championship Standings
1. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing 45 points
2. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 38 points
3. Enea Bastianini – Gresini Racing MotoGP 36 points
4. Alex Rins – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 36 points
5. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 35 points
6. Joan Mir – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 33 points
7. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 28 points
8. Johann Zarco – Pramac Racing 24 points
9. Jorge Martin – Pramac Racing 20 points
10. Pol Espargaro – Repsol Honda Team 20 points
11. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team 15 points
12. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 14 points
13. Maverick Viñales – Aprilia Racing 13 points
14. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team 12 points
15. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team 11 points
16. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMITSU 10 points
17. Luca Marini – Mooney VR46 Racing Team 10 points
18. Marco Bezzecchi – Mooney VR46 Racing Team 7 points
19. Darryn Binder – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team 6 points
20. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda Castrol 4 points
21. Andrea Dovizioso – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team 2 points
22. Remy Gardner – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 1 point
23. Raul Fernandez – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 0 points
24. Fabio Di Giannantonio – Gresini Racing MotoGP 0 points
25. Stefan Bradl – Honda HRC 0 points