Earlier in the weekend, Fabio was worried about how the low grip at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was affecting his Yamaha, however, on the race day, it didn’t seem like the Frenchman had any issue.
Starting from 3rd on the grid, Quartararo had a good start. He quickly passed the poleman Aleix Espargaro and Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia to take the lead. And that was it. The reigning world champion continued to extend the gap from the other riders and dominated the entire race finishing first.
Things weren’t so great for Bagnaia who was taken out soon after the race started by LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami who lost his front end. The Honda also rammed into Alex Rins’ Suzuki ending his race too.
The incident was investigated by the stewards but no further action was taken. However, Nakagami was taken to the medical centre for precautionary checks.
While Fabio was bound to win the 2022 Catalan GP, it appeared that the second spot at the podium will be occupied by Espargaro on his Aprilia. However, the rider made an error on the final lap of the race. He thought that the race ended at the end of lap 23. While in reality, there was one more lap to go.
By the time Espargaro realised his blunder, he already lost 8 seconds and multiple places. Eventually, he crossed the chequered flag in 5th place.
The 2nd and 3rd positions were taken by Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco. And it was Suzuki’s Joan Mir, who started 17th on the grid, to earn the 4th spot.