So, the MotoGP Future Picks Update heads are close to a break. After the race in the Netherlands this weekend, the next official MotoGP race is in early August. Now, a lot has changed from late May till now. It seems hard to believe that when the circuit got back to Europe, we would see quite a show — a show from Fabio Quartararo.
Below, we present the top seven racers listed in our MotoGP Future Picks for the 2022 Championship. This reveals some safer scenarios, a long shot, and what feels like an inevitability for Quartararo. Some riders have disappointed during the first half while others were surprised. Also, our Vegas bets and news which now feature MLB action along with the last games of the NHL playoffs.
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Fabio Quartararo could be headed to an inevitable World Title. His numbers were around Even a month ago and now stand at -500. There is something about how Quartararo has carried himself since the tour has returned to Europe. Now, he still takes risks and lots of them. However, they all appear to be mostly paying off.
Last year, the Frenchman broke through and accumulated 278 points on his way to his first MotoGP World Championship. The 2020 season revealed the potential beginning of this “domination”. Quartararo showed he could hang with the best riders and won three out of the 14 races. Going into 2021, the rider stood to be a force in the sport. Five wins and ten podiums later brought Quartararo the sweet triumph he had been chasing.
Some experts believed the 2021 triumph at 22 was a bit suspect. Quartararo struggled out of the gates in 2022 which lent some credence to the claims. After the return to Europe after a globe-trotting tour, the now 23-year-old stamped his authority on the circuit and showed that he would not be denied. Not only that, the Frenchman lengthened his leads and hence shortened his numbers to repeat as “World Champion”.
The big thing at VegasBetting, we suggest, is to focus on the entire picture here. Here is why. Through four or five races, it was believed the Italians might steal the crown. Quartararo won three of the past six races starting in Portugal. That run includes two seconds and a fourth. With that, the French rider increased his lead to 34 points. With the next five races on tracks he mostly excels in, that makes him tops on our MotoGP Future Picks.
Aleix Espargaro is again a name to ponder for the 2022 MotoGP Future Picks. The Spanish rider is now 32 years old. Espargaro has overcome so much to contend this year on his Aprilla bike. His consistency has been his biggest attribute but since his win in Argentina, the Spaniard has not been able to get above a third-place finish (four times). It is amazing the top-five run he has been on and yet the deficit has steadily increased.
Now, the MotoGP rider has been plagued with misery. In all his seasons on the circuit, Espargaro has never been this close to the title. As a matter of fact, the Spanish biker never finished a season above seventh. His win at Argentina was Espargaro’s first career win on the circuit after starting on the Ducati team in 2009. That is a lot of races over almost 13 seasons. He feels the gap is not much but it is widening.
These past six races have revealed one thing. When Quartararo is on his game, he is the class of the circuit. Espargaro produces tons of consistent results but during the second half, he needs more speed and more wins. A few poor finishes from the Frenchman would not hurt either. The problem is can the Aprilla pits find that extra speed? So far, between that and the risks, Espargaro may not have enough in the tank.
With that mouthful, the Spanish biker has the goods to compete. This is because, unlike most of the other contenders, Espargaro can stay in races and will not make those critical mistakes like the Italians. However, making the best of dangerous choices may eventually cost the Spanish biker. At some point, that will become the only way to catch up. Espargaro has slight value in the MotoGP Future Picks.
Again, there are some other names to take a look at for this year’s MotoGP World Title race. One has to consider the Italians. Francesco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini can rack up wins quickly but DNFs and poor results have hurt their chances immensely. Bastianini won three times but is 72 points behind while Bagnaia has won twice but is 91 points back of Quartararo.
Both bikers have seen their numbers lengthen a good bit. Bagnaia went from +400 to +750 while Bastianini dropped from +800 to +1400. Bastianini is the true high-risk, high-reward racer but in the last few weeks, that way of racing has only caused more pain than ecstasy. Then, there is Johann Zarco who has improved almost every race (back in Europe). He has five top-fives and two seconds in the last six. He almost beat Quartararo in Germany.
That being said, Zarco is worth a gander at +1100. However, Bastianini has the ability to rack up wins late in the season and is worth a shot.
Take Fabio Quartararo as our best option to win the 2022 Title and Enea Bastianini as our long shot.
Chris Wassel is a writer who enjoys many sports disciplines but his first love will always be hockey. That love of hockey spawned from a greater appreciation of numbers resulted in diving into sports betting. He has written articles on various sites for years focusing on betting and naturally NHL picks.