Realists know that 2021 MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo didn’t have a chance to renew his title. He had to win the final race and his rival Francesco Bagnaia had had to finish 14th. Quartararo qualified fourth and Bagnaia was very fast so Bagnaia had to finish well.
Meanwhile, in an outstanding but championship-irrelevant last ride on his Suzuki (who have now retired from the series), Alex Rins won by four-tenths of a second from Brad Binder (KTM).
Quartararo finished fourth, just 1.9 seconds ahead of Jorge Martin. Bagnaia was able to ride into ninth place, becoming champion because the odds demanded it.