2022 saw the previous year’s final two battle for supremacy once again in MotoGP but with a four rider battle for the majority of the season, and some stand out rides thrown into the mix, who was your BSN MotoGP Rider of the Year?
Pecco Bagnaia claimed long-awaited glory for Ducati with seven victories from ten podiums as the 2022 season came to a dramatic conclusion, with the Bologna factory securing the triple crown to cement its place at the top of the premier class.
Last year’s champion, Fabio Quartararo, fought to the end to defend his and Yamaha’s title with just 17 points splitting him from the Italian as round 20 concluded. Upcoming star Enea Bastianini shone with four victories in his second season at Gresini while veteran Aleix Espargaro kept the trio honest across the year as his Aprilia machine finally proved its potential. A strong outgoing performance from Jack Miller rounded out the top five before his move to KTM after five years in red.
Shock news of Suzuki’s departure from the championship added to a challenging start for both Joan Mir and Alex Rins, with the latter returning to form at Phillip Island and Valencia for a dominant farewell, while Miguel Oliveira celebrated KTM’s only victories of the season in the wet at Indonesia and Thailand.
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez endured a fourth bout of surgery on his troublesome shoulder before bouncing back to challenge at the front once more. Marco Bezzecchi was crowned Rookie of the Year after an impressive performance on the Mooney VR46 GP21 while Cal Crutchlow returned to the class for the final six races after Andrea Dovizioso hung his leathers up early at Misano.
20 races, 13 podiums sitters and 7 winners completed the 2022 championship but who was your BSN MotoGP Rider of the Year?