Here Are Three Riders That Impressed MotoGP Fans The Most After the First Half Of The Season
The 2022 MotoGP season has been one of the more surprising ones for a while. Nearly half the field are serious podium contenders before every weekend. But, who has impressed MotoGP fans the most in the first half of the season?
3. Marco Bezzecchi
Bezzecchi on the grid at the Dutch GP in Assen – Image provided by Motorsport Images
Our list starts with a rookie. Marco Bezzecchi started the season off as expected for a MotoGP rookie: solid but not exceptionally well.
However, the VR 46 rider steadily and progressively grown to a more and more impressive rider. Highlight was the second row start and podium finish at the Dutch Grand Prix.
With 55 points already, Marco Bezzecchi is repping up more points than the VR 46 Racing Team could have hoped for from the rookie.
For the second part of the season, the Italian now has the challenge to stabilize his results. With 15 crashes over the first half of the season, Bezzecchi is the one to wreck his bikes most.
The team will want him to perform more consistently and less frequently bin the bike.
2. Enea Bastianini
Enea Bastianini – Image provided by Motorsport Images
Enea Bastianini has so far outperformed even the boldest of expectations for his second year in the premier class.
Having demonstrated his talent with a strong rookie season in 2021, many expected the Italian to be fighting for the podium occasionally.
However, when the 2023 season started the Italian demonstrated his potential and why he is now in contention for the second factory Ducati seat next to Francesco Bagnaia.
Having scored three wins already, there isn’t much that could prevent Ducati from promoting him into the factory team.
Recent crashes are most likely to be results of his older GP21 simply unable to compete with the newer and much nore developed GP22 of his Ducati rivals.
1. Aleix Espargaro
Full focus on the title for 2022 – Image provided by Motorsport Images
For Aleix Espargaro and Aprilia the 2022 season ended on a high. The Italian bike performed better and better and expectations for the 2023 season were upped by a bit.
However, what Espargaro is doing with his RS-GP now is beating all expectations by a mile. After 11 races, the Spaniard is Fabio Quartararo’s closest rival and just 21 points behing the Frenchman.
Not only is Aleix outperforming all other big names in the paddock but he is doing it consistently. With the Aprilia being the best bike for many riders on the grid, this is THE year for Aleix Espargaro and Aprilia to achieve everything they ever fought for – a Championship title.