MotoGP: The Five Rookies Looking to Shake-up the MotoGP Grid.

Published on February 25, 2022
By Jack Hammersley

Remy Gardner, Raul Fernandez, Marco Bezzecchi, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Darryn Binder enter the premier class and look to make their mark.

Remy Gardner comes into the MotoGP class with Tech 3 KTM as the reigning Moto 2 World Champion after beating team-mate Raul Fernandez with the Red Bull KTM Ajo Team. Remy demonstrated great skill both physically and mentally, using his experience in the class to his advantage, picking up vital points when Fernandez made mistakes. Gardner took five victories and seven further podiums. He suffered a rib injury and wrist injury during pre-season so the start of the season may be more difficult but riding through injury is nothing new to the Australian.

Remy Gardner

Raul Fernandez lit the Moto 2 class on fire when he took his first win in the class in only the third round at Portimao. Fernandez was very impressive, taking eight wins and four further podiums, however suffered three DNF’s at Sachsenring, Silverstone and Emilia Romagna. The Spaniard from Madrid will be team-mates with Garnder again this season, he showed great adaptation last season, can he repeat it this season?

Raul Fernandez

Marco Bezzecchi will be racing for the Mooney VR46 Racing Team, a team he’s been with since 2020 and has had quite the success with them, taking three wins and 11 podiums and nearly winning the 2020 Moto 2 title, but DNF’s halted his quest. Bezzecchi was also impressive in 2018 when emerged as a title challenger to Jorge Martin, he was unable to win the title but showed great talent. The Italian from Rimini has been the quickest out of the rookies and will be planning to keep it that way.

Marco Bezzecchi

Fabio Di Giannantonio will be racing for the Gresini Racing Team who have parted ways with Aprilia and will field Ducati GP21’s this season. Fabio’s pre-season testing started badly after suffering with Gastroenteritis after day one of the shakedown test, meaning he missed out on two days of testing. He was able to recover and with the GP21 being a competitive machine he has the potential to contend for good places this season.

Fabio Di Giannantonio

Darryn Binder is racing for the new WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team, he’s come from the Petronas SRT Team in Moto 3 so this will be a huge jump for the South African, but he’s got his brother Brad Binder who can give him tips as well as the most experienced rider on the grid in Andrea Dovizioso as his team-mate. It will be very intriguing to see how Darryn does this season.

Darryn Binder

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