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2022 Ducati MotoGP bike “already raceable” after first check – Bagnaia

The 2021 MotoGP championship runner-up gained 4 races final season and solely missed the title by 26 factors after an extremely robust second half to the marketing campaign.

Ducati gained extra races than every other producer in 2021, with Bagnaia (four), Jack Miller (2) and Pramac rookie Jorge Martin (1) tallying up seven between them – securing the Italian marque the constructors’ crown for the second yr in a row.

Bagnaia mentioned on the finish of 2021 that the Ducati was a “good” bike, however the producer had improved on that with its 2022 prototype on the post-season Jerez check, which Bagnaia topped outright.

The Italian says Ducati has taken onboard the suggestions all riders have given for the 2022 bike, and believes it was able to race at Jerez.

“I feel that Ducati has heard rather a lot from the riders, to me, to Jack, to [Johann] Zarco, to Martin, as a result of I used to be asking for a better bike as a result of everyone seems to be saying the Ducati is the simplest bike, the quickest bike, the higher bike to make use of,” Bagnaia instructed Motorsport.com’s Tank Slappers podcast.

“Nevertheless it’s one thing that I can’t perceive as a result of I’m not saying one other bike is the perfect as a result of I didn’t strive it.

“So, it’s very troublesome to say one thing in regards to the different bikes with out making an attempt it.

“However I used to be asking to have a straightforward bike to experience in a quick monitor with quick corners, as a result of our bike will not be really easy in that state of affairs.

“However with the brand new fairing I began to really feel a bit higher however has additionally some weak factors. So, I’m certain the engineers are working rather a lot on that factor.

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Staff

Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

“However on the check in Jerez, our time with the brand new bike was unimaginable as a result of I did it with a full gasoline tank and in addition with medium tyres.

“So, it was unimaginable and [as] was the brand new bike, and each time you begin with a brand new bike it’s important to adapt on it.

“I began effectively, I labored rather a lot all the 2 days and within the second day it was already okay, it was already raceable. If the race was the day after, I used to be beginning with that bike.

“So, Ducati engineers have executed an unimaginable job with subsequent yr’s bike and I’m certain that for [testing in] Malaysia we are going to discover some new surprises for certain.”

Pre-season testing for the 2022 marketing campaign is because of kick off in Malaysia on 5 February for 2 official days, earlier than three extra days happen on the Mandalika circuit in Indonesia the next week.

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