2022 MotoGP: Oliveira wins rain-hit Thai GP

It was yet another phenomenal performance from Miguel Oliveira in the rain, handing the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing pilot a victory at the challenging Thai GP. The Ducati Lenovo Team claimed second and third at the Chang International Circuit, with Jack Miller giving it his all in a bid to make it two MotoGP race wins in a row but coming up just 0.730 seconds short, and Francesco Bagnaia taking a precious podium. Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) clinched fourth when he held off Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) at the chequered flag after 25 unbelievable laps.
But for Bagnaia, the good news continues. He is now just two points behind World Championship leader Fabio Quartararo with three races to go after the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP rider finished 17th and scored a ‘zero’. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) also regained ground, although he is still 20 points in arrears of Quartararo after serving a Long Lap Penalty and finishing 11th.
Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) was almost a second up at the end of Lap 2 but had been issued a position drop penalty for the manner in which he went off and rejoined at speed at the opening corner. That put him in an awkward situation considering how close the factory Ducatis were to each other behind him, especially when Miller overtook Bagnaia on Lap 3, but he managed to serve the penalty – and no more – a lap later at Turn 3. Meanwhile, Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) crashed at Turn 9 having not long moved up to fifth position, while Oliveira had hauled his way to fourth.

On the final lap, two serious battles emerged. Miller had brought Oliveira’s advantage back down to just tenths of a second and was poised to capitalise on any error, but the Portuguese rider stayed strong to seal victory number five in MotoGP. Just over a second further back, Bagnaia had shaken off Zarco, who found Marc Marquez back right behind him, but he would hang on to fourth. A full 10 seconds away from the top five finished Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP), with Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) seventh from Alex Marquez (LCR Honda Castrol) and Martin.
After taking his penalty, Aleix Espargaro spent the latter half of the race involved in a battle with none other than Brad Binder, and it was the South African who beat him to 10th position at the finish. Franco Morbidelli (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) got home not far behind in 12th, ahead of Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team), and Raul Fernandez (Tech3 KTM Factory Racing). From pole position, Bezzecchi slipped all the way to 16th and it was also an afternoon of frustration for Quartararo, who missed out on points for the second time in three Grands Prix. Remarkably, with Marini remounting, just one rider failed to make the finish, Remy Gardner (Tech3 KTM Factory Racing) crashing out on Lap 12.
MotoGP Race Top 10:
1. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)
2. Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) + 0.730
3. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) + 1.968
4. Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) + 2.490
5. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) + 2.958
6. Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP) + 13.257
7. Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) + 14.566
8. Alex Marquez (LCR Honda Castrol) + 14.861
9. Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) + 15.365
10. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) + 18.097

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