The chiaroscuro of MV Agusta in the world championship. Zero points but good ideas

Two races, zero points. To read the ranking naked and raw – which, moreover, is the thing that matters most in sports – the start of the 2022 World Championship it is widely deficit for the MV Agusta of the Forward Racing Team engaged in the category Moto2. However, in the two away games of Losail (Qatar) e Mandalika (Indonesia) the F2 of Schiranna have also showed encouraging signs that it is good to “ride” for the next world championships.

There debut race – after a not particularly brilliant qualifying – he had seen the two drivers, the Italian Simone Corsi and Spanish Marcos Ramirezgo back in the race up to the points but just a fortuitous contact between the two MV Agusta had then lost ground to both of them. Ramirez had finished 17th, immediately in front of his teammate after an internal “omelette” without luckily consequences.

Last weekend’s race, in Indonesiahowever, showed a much more interesting potential: the two Forward Racing bikes they have in fact earned Q2that is the final qualifying session to which only the best 18 drivers are admitted based on the results of free practice and Q1.
At that point Corsi even managed to get the ninth position on the starting grid for the Grand Prix (less than 9 tenths from poleman Jake Dixon) while Ramirez qualified 14th.

Valuable results that, unfortunately, have not been confirmed in the race even if during the competition the MV Agusta have reached the best moments: Coursesauthor of an excellent start, has achieved even the third positionthen he found himself fourth but during the fourth round he is slipped, betrayed by a few drops of rain crash on the asphalt of Mandalika (where the weather – hot and humid – was rather conditioning for everyone).

For its part Ramirez started well and entered the top ten early positions, a placement that would have been well within the points. In the final part of an already shortened race, however, the Spaniard he was unable to keep pace with the leading riders and is slowly backed up to close in 17th position.

Another weekend in chiaroscuro which, as we said at the beginning, leaves a bad taste in the mouth because the ranking appears merciless but at the same time suggests that the F2s may have good characteristics for begin to attend the top ten of the category. A Moto2 that is almost a single-brand Kalexwhich further complicates the lives of the few riders (just 4, two MVs and two Boscoscuro) who do not have the German bike at their disposal.

The World Championship will now move to the New Continent: the Argentine Grand Prix will take place on 1-3 April in Rio Hondo, the following weekend instead the GP of the Americas will be held on the Austin Texas track. In the first case, we have not raced since 2019 due to covid and it is not easy to make predictions (even if the bikes have not changed that much in the meantime); in Texas, on the other hand, last year Corsi got 3 points (13th) a sign that the track can be a friend of the Varese bikes. If the positive characteristics were to finally align, we could find a MV at least from “average points”, which for the moment would already be a remarkable result.

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