Not since 2016 has a Yamaha rider shown up at Losail, the first race of the season, with the title of reigning world champion. At the time it was Jorge Lorenzo, the last world champion rider before Marc Marquez's 4 years of domination. Now it will be Fabio Quartararo's turn to defend the title with the colors of the Japanese company.
There is a lot of competition and the task for “el Diablo” will be anything but easy. The most accredited opponents are undoubtedly: the vice-champion Bagnaia, the 2020 world champion Joan Mir, Marc Marquez looking for redemption after practically two years of injury and why not, maybe Franco Morbidelli will also be there to compete for the final victory with the teammate.
The Italian rider moved to the official Yamaha team in the second half of last season, 2021 was a transition year for him, not only due to the change of team but also due to an annoying knee injury that affected his performance. The '94 class is ready to relaunch in 2022 and challenge Quartararo just like in his time with the Petronas team.
In the garage there is a lot of enthusiasm and desire to start again... in short, the ingredients for having fun are all there.