Belly sliding through puddles, the rain ritual and plenty more – there were many moments that left us all smiling this year
MotoGP™ is a serious business, but sometimes we can have a little fun while travelling around the world doing what we love. Here’s some of the more light-hearted moments from the 2022 season for you to enjoy:
Qatar GP: World Cup fever (above)
Ahead of the season opener at the Lusail International Circuit, three title favourites enjoyed themselves at one of the fantastic World Cup venues: Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™) and Suzuki’s Joan Mir.
Indonesian GP: The rain ritual
This was, without doubt, one of the best postcards from 2022. Our first visit to the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Indonesia saw us having to deal with a heavy downpour on race day, but we had a hero among us. A shaman performed a special rain ritual, giving us a chance to see KTM’s Miguel Oliveira wet weather masterclass.
Spanish GP: Suits you, lads
Just a couple of mates enjoying some pre-Spanish GP history in full kit. Remy Gardner and Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) looked like they enjoyed themselves in Jerez…
French GP: Aleix’s happy face
Aleix, show us your ‘I’ve just bagged my third consecutive podium face’. Yeah, that’s the one. Espargaro enjoyed his time at Le Mans, knowing he and Aprilia Racing were firmly in the 2022 title race.
French GP: Miller and the shoey – the perfect combo
Jack Miller, podium, shoey – that’s the way it works these days, and race winner Enea Bastianini kindly offered his services to help the Australian with his ritual on the Le Mans rostrum.
Catalan GP: MotoGP™ meets Reggaeton
After claiming a podium finish in Barcelona, Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) posed with Puerto Rican musician Rauw Alejandro.
Austrian GP: A smiling Beast
It wasn’t the race Bastianini would have been looking for in Austria, but this was a face he’d be pulling more than one more time in the coming months…
Aragon GP: Excited to be back, Marc?
Having undergone surgery for a fourth time after the Italian GP, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) returned to action at his home GP in Aragon. By the looks of it, the fans and the eight-time World Champion were pretty happy for him to be back.
Thai GP: King of the ring
Fabio Di Giannantonio vs Alex Marquez, who comes out on top of the now Gresini Racing MotoGP™ battle? The duo – plus some others – enjoyed some time in the boxing ring ahead of the Thai GP.
If there’s a puddle and you’re already wet, then what else are you meant to do? Miller enjoys a splash after claiming a P2 in the pouring rain in Buriram.