MotoGP and SBK in Austin (USA), F1 in Melbourne (Australia): the numbers of the Italian jubilation

A historic weekend for Italy has ended: Ferrari won in F1 in Australia with Leclerc, Ducati won in MotoGP in Austin with Bastianini and in Superbike at Aragon with Bautista. Let’s go over everything through the statistics

MEDA: “THE BEAST AND THE BEAST, WHAT AN ITALIAN SUNDAY!”

April 10, 2022 is to be marked in the history books for an almost unique event: the Ferrari wins in F1and the Ducati wins in MotoGP And Superbikefor a all-round Italian triumph. The Superbike world championship saw the light in 1988 and Ducati entered MotoGP officially in 2003. Since then, how many times have we experienced these “historic days”? Only once so far, but this 2022 can be considered a first, and let’s see why.

The previous from 2003

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Ferrari and Ducati, historic double: the precedents

The precedent is dated June 15, 2003: Neil Hodgson won both Superbike races scheduled at Silverstone with the Ducati 999 F03, Loris Capirossi led the Ducati Desmosedici to success for the first time in Catalunya and in the evening Michael Schumacher he won with Ferrari in Montreal. However, we must make a clarification that makes us understand like that date both to be marked with an asterisk, because Ducati’s success in Superbike was a foregone conclusion. Because? 2003 was perhaps the darkest year of the Superbike World Championship: the Japanese manufacturers had abandoned the world championship as a wholein disagreement with the new technical regulations, e Ducati alone fielded an official team, so much so that that year he won all, absolutely all, races, 24 out of 24, in some cases monopolizing the first five or six positions upon arrival. Not to mention Oschersleben, when in both races the first 7 positions were all the prerogative of Ducati … With such a one-way starting field, it is difficult to ascribe that date as “historic”: the current scenario is quite different, with the major brands officially engaged in Superbike, with MotoGP presenting the shortest gaps ever and with an F1 that launches a new technical regulation.

This April 10th is therefore in fact the first time that these glorious Italian brands make the en-plein: Leclerc in Melbourne, Bastianini in Austin and Alvaro Bautista in Aragon.

The report cards



The Beast is there, Marquez is also a beast from 6th

Let’s take Superbike out of the equation: it’s the fourth time in history with Ducati and Ferrari winning on the same day. Here are the precedents:

– the aforementioned June 15, 2003 with Capirossi in Barcelona and Michael Schumacher in Montreal

-October 21, 2007, with Casey Stoner in the morning (Italian) in Sepang and a Raikkonen winner in the GP and in the world championship in a sensational final at Interlagos;

– June 22, 2008 with Casey Stoner in Donington and Felipe Massa in Magny-Cours.

Of course, the figure of 9 riders on the podium in the first 3 races was already sensational, but in Austin, Jack Miller was added to the listfor a 10 out of 12 that hadn’t been seen since 1954. The record is from 1951 with 11 and these are the only three seasons with at least 10 drivers on the podium after 4 races. If we think that two stars expected in the upper floors for this world championship, Bagnaia and Marc Marquez, are still at zero level, a record season is to be expected.

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