Here Is Who Slept The Worst Since The Austrian Grand Prix
For MotoGP the summer means silly season. Most riders are eager to perform well in order top secure themself a spot on next year’s grid. However, for some it often does not work out. Here are three riders that have slept the worst since the Austrian Grand Prix.
#3 Darryn Binder
A rare sight – Image provided by Motorsport Images
For Darryn Binder the Austrian Grand Prix couldn’t have started better. After starting 21st, the South African was able to recover a lot of ground in just the first lap.
Binder was left in contention of the points ranks. It looked like it could be one of his better races until the ultimate happened – Binder crashed – again.
With only one race finished in the last FOUR, Binder now sits in probably the worst situation to fight for one of the last remaining 2023 seats.
#2 Remy Gardner
Gardner after his crash at the Austrian Grand Prix – Image provided by Motorsport Images
For Remy Gardner the 2022 season started off well. Soon the 2020 World Champion scored his first points and beat his teammate Raul Fernandez on the regular.
However, no team has yet approached him for a seat in 2023. As Gardner states: “There is no space for me in MotoGP for next season.”
And his performance at the Austrian Grand Prix shouldn’t have helped either. After starting 22nd on his inferior Tech3 KTM, the Austrian crashed in Lap 6 – a DNF that couldn’t have come at a worse time.
#1 Takaaki Nakagami
The future does not look bright for Takaaki Nakagami – Image provided by Motorsport Images
For quite some time rumors surrounding Taka Nakagami’s possible exit from MotoGP do not die down. According to several reports, his rival does not come from MotoGP but from Moto2.
Ai Ogura is performing exceptionally well since the start of the 2022 season and is in close contention for the 2022 title.
While Ogura won the Moto2 race at the Red Bull Ring, proving the point of many, Nakagami underperformed – again.
Having started 14th on the grid, the Japanese soon crashed out in Lap 10. For Nakagami it is the third DNF in the last five races leaving him with not much to argue in the fight for the 2023 seat.