Having said that, it wasn’t Moor on top of the timesheets in pre-season testing. That accolade went the way of Dustin Schneider (Goblin Racing), who heads to home soil after a solid opening weekend of the campaign. A Long Lap penalty hampered the German’s Race 1 from the front row, but Schneider bounced back with a P5 in Race 2. He sits behind the leading trio, Matteo Masili (FAIRIUM Next Generation Riders Team) – a debut podium finisher in Le Mans – and Noa Cuypers (Junior Black Knights) in the overall standings.
“When you are like Remy and Raul in Moto2 last year, finishing first and second, you’re used to winning races, being on the podium, being on the front row,” started Poncharal whilst speaking on the Last On The Brakes Podcast. “So, it’s a bit of a shock. They knew it would be difficult but they also think ‘I’m going to do well and I’ll be with the top guys’.
However, the 24-year-old has his concerns over whether Bagnaia would be too happy seeing him in red next season: “I’m not the Ducati boss but I think my situation is better than the other Ducati riders. Pecco yesterday said he’d prefer to stay with Jack. And I think his decision, I don’t know if Ducati wants to listen to him. But, also in the case of staying at Gresini or other [teams], with a factory package I can be fast.
One of the preseason favourites is up next as 2021 BTC runner-up Carter Brown (MLav VisionTrack Academy) holds fourth in the standings; two podiums in 2022 so far, he heads to Donington Park, where he was a front row qualifier in 2021, although it didn’t translate to podiums. Harrison Crosby (Banks Racing) completes the top five overall, having led the standings going to Oulton Park, thanks to two second-place finishes at Silverstone. However, a double crash at Oulton Park means he aims to bounce back for Round 3. 14-year-old Matthew Ruisbroeck (Microlise Cresswell Racing), meanwhile, is sixth overall and is the only other rider to have taken a top ten in every race so far besides Kiyano Veijer… but he’s away racing in the European Talent Cup, so there’s a chance for his rivals to make some gains.
In the Moto2™ European Championship, it was victory at long last for Lukas Tulovic (Liqui Moly Intact JuniorGP Team), as the German powered to a dominant double at Estoril. After two wins, a pole and two fastest laps, Tulovic arrives in Valencia aiming to continue his good form at a circuit where he took a third-place finish in 2021. Chasing him, Senna Agius (Promoracing) made an emphatic debut in the Moto2™ ECh class; two second place finishes and keeping Tulovic honest, he’s certainly one to watch in Valencia. Italian rider Mattia Rato (MMR) is third after taking a career-first podium at Estoril with third, meaning he’s 24 points behind Tulovic. Others to look out for are Alex Toledo (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Euvic Racing Team), teammate Piotr Biesiekirski, who is back from injury, Estoril Race 1 podium finisher Alex Escrig (Yamaha Philippines Stylobike Team) and Xavi Cardelus (Promoracing). After a double win at Estoril, Alex Ruiz (FAU55 Tey Racing) is the top Stock rider.
Additionally, Mr. Tanukiat Junchum, Deputy Governor for Professional Sports and Boxing, Sports Authority of Thailand, Mr. Alaksh Phornprapha, Vice President of Thai Honda Manufacturing Co., Ltd., and Mr. Tanaisiri Chanvitayarom, Managing Director of Chang International Circuit were honoured to welcome Chantra, and also meet with the Minister of Tourism and Sports to continue the development of the Thai motorsport industry.
“I am extremely proud to represent Thai people to build a world-class reputation. I highly appreciate the support of Thai Honda and Thai fans. That support had given me extra encouragement that I could bring this success back to Thai fans,” Chantra stated.
“My next goal this season is to fully focus and perform as best as possible on the 2022 Moto2 World Championship,” he continued.
Ducati Lenovo Team’s Jack Miller is one of the most recognizable faces from the MotoGP™ world, with his antics, mischief and shoeys well documented within the paddock. The Aussie is coming off the back of another podium at the French GP, his second of the season, and looks to have hit his stride in 2022, so there’s no better time to get to know him a little better. Check out some facts you may not have known about him below!
In perfect preparation for next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix and this weekend’s Spanish F1 round, the quartet can be seen dueling it out on both four wheels and two wheels. Plus, we might have seen Espargaro and Aprilia’s contract dispute come to an end, with Fernando Alonso swooping in to a sign a contract with Aprilia for next season instead!
Alcaraz recently saw off both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on his way to win the Madrid Masters, an event attended by both Marc and Alex Marquez, and Acosta was quick to dismiss comparisons between the 19-year-old and himself following their rapid rises to stardom in 2021: “He’s already in the MotoGP of tennis, so there’s little to compare.”
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