MotoGP, first match point in Misano: Quartararo will be champion on Sunday if …

Misano is getting closer and the Italian Grand Prix will be Fabio Quartararo’s first opportunity to become world champion in MotoGP. With a 52-point lead over Bagnaia, the Frenchman either has to finish ahead of Pecco or lose no more than two points in order to be able to put away the title on Sunday evening, because the Ducati rider from Piedmont is the only other driver to fights for the title.

It will certainly not be easy for Fabio on the Romagna route, where Bagnaia defeated him a month ago. It was a real head-to-head race in which Pecco pulled away and Quartararo, who caught up in the last part of the race, had to be content with a second place with less than four tenths of a second before the finish line. So it’s going to be a very balanced challenge that other drivers could get involved in (but not necessarily) that could take away one point or the other.

As mentioned earlier, Yamaha’s French rider has several combinations that could make him champion and you can find them all summarized in the table below.

Quartararos won’t be the only match point, however. Pedro Acosta already has a chance for the Moto3 title at Misano, but it’s more difficult for the Spaniard. In fact, Dennis Foggia is ahead of him with 30 points, that is a lot, but with three more races at the end of the championship, everything is still in the air. Then there is Sergio Garcia, 50 points behind his compatriot, who is not yet excluded from the games.

In order for Acosta to wear the crown on Sunday (which would make him the youngest ever world champion), he absolutely has to win, and Foggia can only finish twelfth. This will be the only winning combination for Pedro.

As for Moto2, however, we have to wait after Gardner’s mistake in Austin and Fernandez’s victory. Remy still leads the championship, but with just nine points clear of Raul, the math leaves it all open.