Viewers on DStv can look forward to the 18th round of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship, the Grand Prix of Australia, live from the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on the morning of Sunday 16 October.
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The previous round in Thailand brought a stunning win in the wet for KTM’s Miguel Oliveira, with the Portuguese rider developing a reputation as a specialist in difficult conditions.
“There is no further explanation, just a comment that I would like to be more competitive in the dry… if its raining I’ll take the advantage and increase that average,” said Oliveira.
Yet the major headline from the Buriram International Circuit was Riders’ Championship leader Fabio Quartararo of Monster Energy Yamaha only coming home in 17th place. This allowed Lenovo Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia, who finished third, to close to within two points of his rival in the fight for the title.
“The first ten laps of the race were probably the scariest experience of my life,” Quartararo said. “The visibility was none. But thankfully everybody was wise enough to not do any crazy moves or try crazy stuff in the areas where visibility was zero.
“The first ten laps went through with nothing much going on. That was really surprising, but also a relief. After that, the real race started. I could extract some pace from my package, and I was quite fast actually. But when I reached other bikes, I couldn’t overtake or do much more, so I needed to step back and bring the bike home.”
Third in the Championship standings is Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro, who only managed 11th in Thailand but did close in somewhat on Quartararo – though he believes racing in such conditions was extremely dangerous.
“This is the second-best thing of today,” Espargaro said of closing to within 20 points of Quartararo. “The first is that I will go home to my family. Next is Australia and Malaysia which is good for us. Fabio is still the man to beat.”
The Australian Grand Prix has been in existence since 1989, with the great Valentino Rossi (8) and Honda (9) the most successful rider and constructor in the history of the event. This year sees a return to ‘Down Under’ for MotoGP after the 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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MotoGP, Grand Prix of Australia broadcast details, 15-16 October 2022
All times CAT
Saturday 15 October
04:50: Qualifying – LIVE on SuperSport Motorsport and SuperSport Maximo 1
Sunday 16 October
04:55: Race – LIVE on SuperSport Motorsport and SuperSport Maximo 1