How does the title fight look after Bagnaia’s Motegi crash?

This time of year always brings the MotoGP™ World Championship standings into sharp focus, but we don’t normally expect the focus to be on eighth position! Yet that is exactly what happened in a Motul Grand Prix of Japan which turned out to be one of the craziest races of the season so far. He only finished eighth but his Championship lead over Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) grew from 10 points to 18 on an even worse afternoon for the Italian. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) could at least lay claim to finishing, but the effect was the same as Bagnaia’s – zero points. It means that he is now 25 points, or the equivalent of a full race, behind Quartararo now. The Aragon GP winner finished ninth in Japan and therefore saw his deficit to Quartararo grow by one point to 49.

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