In the summer it seemed impossible, but in MotoGP you can do anything. 91 points separated Pecco Bagnaia from Fabio Quartararo who was going on va
What does Bagnaia need to win the MotoGP World Championship at the Valencia GP?
In the summer it seemed impossible, but in MotoGP you can do anything. 91 points separated Pecco Bagnaia from Fabio Quartararo who was going on vacation as the consolidated leader of the World Cup. However, the tables turned after the restart of the action on the track. The Ducati rider was consolidated with four consecutive victories, while Yamaha was called to suffer. A championship comeback that, after the Australian GP, left the Italian as the new leader of the World Championship. And, the best for him, with options to be champion in Malaysia. But fate did not want it that way: the Frenchman fought for the podium and, despite the Italian’s victory, there was no chance for alirón in Sepang. Everything must wait for Valencia for one last final
Be that as it may, the comeback is historic. Never before had a similar situation occurred: in nine races, Pecco Bagnaia has managed to add more than 150 points, with four consecutive victories (The Netherlands, Great Britain, Austria and Misano), the victory in Malaysia and three more podium finishes. Just one mistake since the summer, that of Japan, which seems little in view of how badly Quartararo has done in this second part of the season. The Frenchman was involved in several incidents and, since June, he has only been on the podium in Austria and Sepang. No wins and four zeros in his locker. For this reason, the championship is almost sentenced for Ducati and only a hecatomb can ruin his first MotoGP title.
The situation is very comfortable for Bagnaia and practically depends on himself. He just needs to get two more points from Quartararo. In fact, little has to be paid to what the Yamaha rider does: as long as the Frenchman does not win and Pecco is 15th or worse, there will be no wing for ‘El Diablo’. The Italian is worth any better option, regardless of what his main rival does. And it is that, from Malaysia, there are only two contenders. Aleix Espargaró and Enea Bastianini no longer count (both will fight for third place). Bagnaia is already touching the World Cup with his fingers and Quartararo needs a miracle.
Bagnaia is champion if…
- It’s 15th or better regardless of what Quartararo does
- Quartararo is second or worse regardless of what Pecco does (even if he doesn’t score points)
- A tie on points would give the World Cup to Bagnaia, due to the greater number of victories
Quartararo is champion if…
- Win the race and Bagnaia is 15th or worse