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Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
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MotoGP Jerez November testing
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How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race

The 2021 MotoGP season may have only just ended but preparations for 2022 are well underway following a two-day test at Jerez this week. Ducati has hit the ground running while a lack of progress dominated Yamaha’s and world champion Fabio Quartararo’s test. While no battle lines have been drawn yet for 2022, it appears Ducati has already drawn first blood...

The 2021 MotoGP season was brought to a close on 14 November. And just four days later, the first pre-season test of 2022 commenced at Jerez. After a gruelling 18-round calendar, it really was a case of no rest for the wicked. But while the paddock is weary and looking ahead to the warm embrace of some much-needed time off, the two days of running at Jerez were vitally important in establishing the battles lines for 2022.

The COVID-19 pandemic meant the normal development cycle was virtually non-existent in 2021. All but Aprilia and KTM could start the year with new engines owing to the concession rules, with Yamaha, Honda, Ducati and Suzuki racing the previous season with their 2020 engines.

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