Let’s look at some historical numbers.
Marc Márquez heads to the paddock after Honda Red Bull’s win. Media Source: Red Bull.
But Honda’s winning streak appears to have waned with Marquez. The Cervera-born Ant joined Honda in 2013 and enjoyed a season-best result with a string of victories, but also suffered a downturn in 2020 with a spike in injuries.
“Europeans looked at the Japanese and said ‘I want to beat them’ before they looked any other way. They took an incredible step and the Japanese needed to change their system. I just realized something.”
Looking at the past few years, Japan’s competitiveness has receded a bit. Suzuki may have been the winner in 2020, but then they stepped back with no clear turn towards carbon neutrality. And Yamaha’s 2021 victory with Fabio Quartararo proves that the brand has more of a magic package than it deserves. It is said that there is still a bit of work to be done before Yammy’s bike matches the riders it used to be if he wants to clinch the championship title in 2023.
The big climbers this year are Aprilia and KTM, who have shown great progress and “even surpassed the factory regimes of Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki in the team championship (2022)”. Ducati also makes headlines with his four factory teams (eight bikes) and the brand’s biggest performance across the circuit (which is why Ducati hopes to win the overall Triple Crown in 2022) achieved and ushered in a new era).
Who do you think will win MotoGP and what do you think our favorite teams will do in the years to come?