The 2022 MotoGP season contained all the thrills, spills, and hardcore racing that you come to expect from the highest level of elite motorcycle racing. The tussle for the championship proved to be arguably the best since the COVID interruption, so let’s go through some of the biggest highlights. 2021 World Champion Fabio Quartararo came through the early season mayhem to claim the championship lead. Quartararo’s undoubted talent managed to wrestle some consistency out of the under-performing Monster Energy Yamaha, while Francesco Bagnaia experienced a tough start to the season. The Italian was tipped to be the reigning champion’s closest rival, however a tough first half to the season had seen the Ducati star fall 91 points behind the top of the championship. A series of crashes and poor results for Bagnaia saw Aleix Espargaro, having a stand-out season on the factory Aprilia, making up the other half of the two horse race for the championship.

However, Quartararo could not take full advantage with just three race wins by Assen, the Yamaha was unable to gain any dominance. A disappointing DNF for Quartararo and a race win for Bagnaia saw the gap between the two drop to 66 points going into the summer break. Bagnaia was down but not out, and as the season restarted the Italian found championship form winning all three races, making it four in a row including Assen. With Bagnaia's form remaining imperious Quartararo was soon looking over his shoulder as the Thailand GP saw him take no points, with his rival clinching the third podium spot. Bagnaia was now just two points behind with three races to go.

Australia. What a race! This proved to be the point at which the turn in the championship race was undeniable. Fabio Quartararo didn't enjoy the unbelievably close racing as he crashed out, taking zero points yet again. Pecco Bagnaia ceased the opportunity and fought hard to finish third as the top seven riders all finished within a second of each other. This result saw the number 63 Ducati of Pecco Bagnaia take top spot in the championship for the first time in 2022, overturning what was a 91 point deficit, setting a new record. It's safe to say that the Quartararo gave his all, everything he could get out of his Yamaha in the final two races, but he could not manage the results necessary to rescue his championship. At the season finale in Valencia Quartarao needed a miracle that did not come. He fought his way to fourth, needing a race win and Bagnaia to not score, but fourth was as far as he could get with Bagnaia nursing the Ducati home in ninth and securing his first ever MotoGP Championship win. It was a deserved win for Bagnaia, the first Ducati winner for 15 years, the first Italian to win on an Italian bike since Giacomo Agostini in 1972. Congratulations Pecco!

The San Marino GP saw the end of a great career in MotoGP. Andrea Dovizioso said good-bye to the sport he brought so much entertainment to over the years. His contribution to some of the golden generations of motorcycle racing will always be appreciated.
Whilst one legend left the paddock, one returned. Cal Crutchlow put in some admirable performances in the last six races of the season, having replaced the out-bound Dovizioso.

Marc Marquez had fans worried when he had to leave the grid to have surgery on his long-standing arm injury. The possibility of him never coming back was voiced with caution, with everything coming down to a successful surgery. Safe to say it was a happy sight for all fans to see the great Spaniard return to the grid in Aragon, and put in a good showing for the following five races. His gradual return to form makes for an exciting spectacle for next season, as he is sure to give the Ducatis, Quartararo and any other title hopeful a run for their money.