2022 MotoGP – Race 6: Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana
Venue: Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto, Jerez de la Frontra
Race Date: 1 May, 2022
The return of the MotoGP circus to Europe proved to be ideal for reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo as he crossed the line first in Portugal. It was the first win for the Frenchman since taking the chequered flag at Silverstone back in August. Next up for Quartararo and the rest of the riders is the traditional Spanish Grand Prix venue of Jerez. The storied track is the home to the first of four races to be ran in Spain in 2022, with results in the Iberian country throughout the year likely to play a massive role in determining the 2022 World Champion.
Jack Miller is the defending race champion after winning her last year. Marc Marquez is another who likes this track, his three wins tying him for second-most all-time (Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa) behind the legendary Valentino Rossi and his awe-inspiring seven victories.
Quartararo used his win in the Algarve to be leading the standings heading into the Jerez race. He was dominant last time out – a great sign for the lengthy European leg of the tour – but the Yamaha rider is unlikely to have it all his own way in Spain. Here is a look at some of the race-winning options with odds from BetXchange.
Fabio Quartararo – 11/10
Quartararo had a great qualifying session and sits second on the grid in Jerez. This is a track he knows well and there is no reason to think that he will do poorly on race day, It is almost a shock he isn’t on pole given the domination he has shown at Jerez, Quarterararo is going to be tough to beat on Sunday,
Francesco Bagnaia – 37/20
Francesco Bagnaia has continued his strong start to the 2022 season with a pole in Jerez. This is a track where the pol sitter has traditionally done well and Bagnaia will be looking to continue that trend here, even with the speed of Quaratarao alongside him on the front row,
While Quarerararo was pumping out laps in the 1-minute 37-second range for fun, Bagnaia proved to be the sole realistic opposition in setting a new lap record for the track. He will be a menace on Sunday,
Joan Mir – 8/1
Joan Mir is the only other rider that feels like he is in the upper echelon of riders here, He will start ninth due to a crash in Q2, but before that, he was riding at a pace that was on par with both Quartararo and Bagnaia.. If anyone is going to rise up the grid to challenge, it will likely be Mir,
2022 Grand Prix of the Americas MotoGP Best Bets:
Race Winner: Fabio Quaratarro – 11/10
There is just too much going in the favor of Quaratraro here. The championship leader is also the pole sitter and it is hard to see him being beaten in the Spanish Grand Prix. While he might lose, the smart money is on Quarterararo winning and extending his championship lead.
Long Shot Winner: Joan Mir – 8/1
At 8/1 with BetXcnage, Mir is enough of a longshot to count here. If anyone can run down the bikes on the top two grid positions then Mir is the most likely rider and as the third best rider at 8/1 it feels like he is worth a punt.