The start of a new MotoGP season is always an exciting affair and 2022 is no different as a stacked grid prepares to fight for the world championship.
Six manufacturers, 12 teams and 24 drivers will compete in the 2022 season.
Two new teams join the fray in the form of VR46 Racing, nine-time Grand Prix world champion Valentino Rossi, who will field Ducati machines, and RNF Racing Yamaha – which has been rebranded after Petronas SRT pulled out of racing Grand Prix last year.
Gresini Racing has cut ties with Aprilia for 2022 and is once again becoming a true independent team this season after reaching an agreement to become a Ducati satellite team.
Ducati is the most represented manufacturer on the grid with eight bikes spread across its factory team, Pramac Racing, Gresini and VR46. This is the first time since 2016 that Ducati has entered eight motorcycles.
Aprilia and Suzuki are again the only manufacturers not to have satellite teams and will only field two bikes each.
What is MotoGP?
MotoGP is a world championship dedicated to grand prix motorcycle racing and is the highest echelon of motorcycle racing on the planet.
It started in 1949 at the Isle of Man TT and has been run every year since. Although there have been several racing classes in the World Championship, the three main ones have been Premier Class, Intermediate Class and Lightweight Class.
The names of these championships have changed over the years to reflect the evolution of motorcycling, with MotoGP (formerly 500cc World Championship) starting in 2002, Moto2 (formerly 250cc World Championship) in 2010 and Moto3 (formerly 125cc world championship). ) in 2012.
What championships can you win in MotoGP?
In the MotoGP world championship, there are three main championships to be won.
The first is the coveted Riders’ Title, awarded to the rider with the most points at the end of a season.
The second is the Constructors’ World Championship. This is awarded to the manufacturer with the most points at the end of the season. Manufacturer points are awarded in each race to the driver with the best score for each brand.
The third is the Team Championship, which is awarded to the team with the highest score at the end of the season. It works like the constructors’ championship in Formula 1, where the points scored by each driver per race are taken into account.
MotoGP also awards a title to the highest ranked satellite team and the rookie of the year.
Raúl Fernandez, KTM Tech3
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How are points awarded in MotoGP?
MotoGP riders earn points for placing between first and 15th, with a maximum of 25 points for the winner of each race.
The second-placed rider scores 20 points, while the third-placed rider scores 16 points. The runner in fourth scores 13 points, 11 points for the runner in fifth and 10 points for the runner in sixth.
Then, the number of points offered continues to decrease by one for each place until 15th place.
Who is the reigning MotoGP World Champion?
Factory Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo is the rider with the target on his back in 2022 after becoming the first Frenchman to win the MotoGP world championship last year.
Quartararo’s Yamaha team did not win the constructors’ or teams’ titles, however, with that honor going to the factory Ducati team.
Ducati has won seven races in total between Francesco Bagnaia, Jack Miller and Jorge Martin, while Yamaha has managed six between Quartararo and Maverick Vinales.
How many world champions are there on the 2022 grid?
Only three riders on the current grid have won the MotoGP World Championship: Fabio Quartararo, Joan Mir and Marc Marquez.
But those who have won world championships in Moto2 and Moto3 push that number to 13.
All of the riders on the current grid except Aleix Espargaro have won a grand prix in at least one world championship category.
Are there any new drivers on the 2022 grid?
Five riders will make their MotoGP debuts in 2022.
Tech3 KTM will field an all-new roster made up of reigning Moto2 champion Remy Gardner (son of 1987 MotoGP world champion Wayne Gardner) and 2021 Moto2 runner-up Raul Fernandez.
At VR46, Moto2 race winner Marco Bezzecchi is moving to MotoGP this season, as is fellow Moto2 race winner Fabio Di Giannantonio at Gresini Racing.
At RNF Racing Yamaha, Darryn Binder goes directly from Moto3 to MotoGP. He is the first rider since Jack Miller in 2015 to jump straight from the lightweight class to MotoGP.
Darryn Binder, RNF MotoGP Racing
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Complete line-up of MotoGP 2022 riders and teams
#12 Vinales Maverick
#41 Aleix Espargaro
Ducati Lenovo Team
#43 Jack Miller
#63 Francesco Bagnaïa
Gresini Racing Moto GP Ducati
#23 Enea Bastianini
#49 Fabio Di Giannantonio
Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
#10 Luca Marini
Pramac Racing Ducati
#5 Johann Zarco
#89 Jorge Martin
#30 Takaaki Nakagami
#73 Alex Marquez
Repsol Honda Team
#44 Pol Espargaro
Red Bull KTM Factory Race
#33 Brad’s Binder
#88 Miguel Oliveira
Tech3 KTM Factory Race
#25 Raul Fernandez
#87 Remy Gardner
Suzuki Ecstar Team
#36 Joan Mir
#42 Alex Rins
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP
#20 Fabio Quartararo
#21 Franco Morbidelli
With U Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team
#04 Andrea Dovizioso
#40 Darryn Binder
Maverick Vinales, Aprilia Racing Team
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Where will MotoGP race in 2022?
The 2022 MotoGP season will be the longest in history, with 21 races scheduled in 17 countries.
The 2022 season starts on March 6 and will end on November 6 in Valencia, Spain.
Complete 2022 MotoGP calendar:
March 6 – Qatar, Losail
March 20 – Indonesia, Mandalika
April 3 – Argentina, Termas de Rio Hondo
April 10 – United States, Circuit of the Americas
April 24 – Portugal – Portimão
May 1 – Spain, Jerez
May 15 – France, Le Mans
May 29 – Italy, Mugello
June 5 – Catalonia, Barcelona
June 19 – Germany, Sachsenring
June 26 – Netherlands, Assen
July 10 – Finland, KymiRing
August 7 – Great Britain, Silverstone
August 21 – Austria, Red Bull Ring
September 4 – San Marino, Misano
September 18 – Aragon
September 25 – Japan, Motegi
October 2 – Thailand, Buriram
October 16 – Australia, Phillip Island
October 23 – Malaysia, Sepang
November 6 – Valencia, Ricardo Tormo
Are there any new MotoGP races in 2022?
The 2022 MotoGP calendar includes two new circuits for events it has staged in the past.
The Indonesia Grand Prix will take place at the Mandalika International Street Circuit on March 20, marking MotoGP’s first street circuit and its first visit to Indonesia since 1997.
The First Class Finnish Grand Prix has not been held since 1981 (although it hosted smaller classes in 1982) but returns in 2022 to the new KymiRing.
These two circuits have yet to be homologated by MotoGP’s governing body, the FIM, and could therefore be abandoned if the circuits are not deemed safe enough to race there.
Due to the COVID pandemic, races in Argentina, Japan, Australia, Thailand and Malaysia have not been held since 2019 but will return in 2022.
Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing
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How many sessions are there each MotoGP weekend in 2022?
For the MotoGP class, there are four free practice sessions, a qualifying session divided into two 15-minute segments, a warm-up session and a race.
The first three practices last 45 minutes, the combined order at the end of FP3 decided who goes straight to the penalty shootout in qualifying and who has to go through Q1.
A fourth 30-minute practice takes place just before qualifying on Saturday, while the top two drivers from Q1 earn a place in Q2 to battle for pole.
A 20-minute warm-up session takes place on the Sunday before the race, while the grand prix itself usually lasts around 45 minutes.
Moto2 and Moto3 follow a similar format, although the top 14 riders gain direct access to Q2 at the end of FP3 based on combined times while four others can qualify for Q1.
Neither class has an FP4 session, while Moto3 practice sessions last 40 minutes.
How can I watch MotoGP in 2022?
For viewers around the world, MotoGP can be viewed via the official Dorna Sports video pass at motogp.com.
The year-round video pass is available to buy for £166.75. That equates to just £7.90 per race weekend for full live coverage of all classes and sessions.
The MotoGP Video Pass is available on desktop and all mobile devices through a browser or the official app.
UK viewers can watch MotoGP on BT Sports with a subscription. Highlights were previously available on free-to-air broadcaster ITV4.
However, it is not yet known what the free UK MotoGP plans are. Last year ITV broadcast two races live.