The most dramatic race of the season? Probably. When the World Championship landed in Barcelona, Ducati and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) were on a high after their victory at Mugello, but it was home hero Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) who took pole position.
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Title chase leader Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™) joined Espargaro and Pecco on the front row, as we prepared ourselves for a classic Catalan GP battle between three of 2022’s race winners – and the favorites for the Championship
However, huge drama unfolded at Turn 1. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) got a great launch from P12 on the grid, but the Japanese rider lost control of his RC213V when the field dived on the anchors for the first time. Nakagami wiped out Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and tagged Pecco too, seeing the Italian crash out with Nakagami and Rins. Quartararo, meanwhile, went from P3 to P1 and never looked back.