The Italian is the in-form rider with three wins in a row and Misano is a favoured stomping ground too
Another Grand Prix rears its head in 2022 as we get set for the Gran Premio Gryfyn di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, meaning it’s another weekend of important decisions in MotoGP™ Fantasy. The question is: is it all aboard the Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) express?
The ideal team from Austria
GOLD: Francesco Bagnaia (36)
GOLD: Luca Marini (34)
CONSTRUCTOR: Ducati (35)
SILVER: Fabio Quartararo (32)
SILVER: Marco Bezzecchi (29)
As expected, race winner Bagnaia came out on top in terms of points, closely followed by VR46 Academy stablemate Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing) as the Italian climbed from P13 on the grid to finish a career-best P4. The sensational effort from Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™) made sure it wasn’t complete domination from Ducati, while Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) claimed a nice 29-point haul after his P20 to P9 rise on Sunday.
Is Bagnaia now a must-have?
After three wins from the last three races, Bagnaia is now the most owned rider in the game with 18,566 players either enjoying his recent run or wanting a piece of the action. Even before a wheel has been turned in anger at Misano, 356 players have already transferred him in – and for good reason. Pecco won on home soil last year and it should have been two if it wasn’t for a crash out of the lead in the Emilia-Romagna GP.
Basically, players should be trying to make Bagnaia their top priority ahead of the San Marino GP. Now at $4.7m, Pecco is joint with Quartararo on being the most expensive rider in the game. That means getting him in, without wanting to sell someone like Quartararo if you own the World Championship leader, is tricky. Tough decisions lie ahead.
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Pecco’s teammate Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) has shown great form recently too, and at $3.4m, the Australian is much easier to get into your team than someone like Pecco. Miller is the fifth most owned rider in the game and has also seen plenty of players transfer him in ahead of the weekend – 305 to be exact. Miller will be eying up three podiums in a row this weekend and four in the last five races, so this could be as good a time as any to place some faith in the number 43.
However, at $3.1m, Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP™) is a very tempting prospect. The Beast finished third at Misano last year on a two-year-old Desmosedici in his rookie season, while in 2022 he’s coming into the San Marino GP off the back of the news that he’ll be Pecco’s teammate in 2023. After securing pole position at the Red Bull Ring, Bastianini should be on everyone’s radar.
If you’re fancying the look of some cheaper options, then Marini ($2.5m) and Bezzecchi ($2.7m) should be monitored. Marini is the most transferred in rider this week and both the Italians know the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli like the back of their hand. The duo could both act as enablers if you’re wanting to get the likes of Pecco or Quartararo into your teams too.
The deadline for making your moves is just before MotoGP™ Q1 gets underway at 14:10 local time (GMT+2) on Saturday afternoon.