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Bagnaia loved a breakout 2021 marketing campaign as a manufacturing unit Ducati staff rider, successful 4 races and pushing eventual champion Fabio Quartararo for the title.
The Italian ended the 12 months as runner-up, simply 26 factors from Quartararo, and with the features Ducati has made with its MotoGP bundle Bagnaia has been pegged by many because the favorite to steal the Frenchman’s crown.
However when requested by Motorsport.com following pre-season testing in Indonesia the way it felt to have the favorite tag, Bagnaia moved to dispel this.
“I really feel nice, however I’m certain that I’m not the one one for certain,” the Italian famous.
“There are so much. For me I’m not the favorite as a result of I didn’t win [the title] final 12 months, Fabio received.
“So, I believe that there’s multiple favorite for the title.”
After his performances final season, Bagnaia is now Ducati’s main gentle, however says he feels no stress from this truth as he believes all the marque’s riders are working effectively collectively to additional develop the GP22.
“This factor will not be placing an excessive amount of stress on me,” he replied when requested about being Ducati’s high rider now.
“I’m very completely satisfied to have accomplished final a part of final 12 months and to be with the opposite Ducati riders engaged on this new challenge.
“Altogether we’re doing one thing completely different and each time we’re extra shut, so it’s okay like this.
“For Qatar I don’t know which one would be the most troublesome rival, however I believe Honda has accomplished job, Suzuki too, Aprilia too, and us too.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Group
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Ducati’s pre-season was arduous to learn, as there have been no standout occasions from its manufacturing unit riders.
VR46’s Luca Marini was the highest Desmosedici on the timesheets in Indonesia in third general, whereas Bagnaia was sixth and teammate Jack Miller 18th having not accomplished a time assault on the final day.
Whereas the overall consensus amongst Ducati riders is that the 2022 bike is best, the brand new engine remains to be proving aggressive beneath acceleration.
“I believe the energy of our bike is similar as final 12 months, it’s the braking, the [corner] entry and the acceleration for certain,” Bagnaia added.
“Nonetheless, we’d like one thing extra on the acceleration as a result of we’re engaged on the revision of our bike as a result of on this second it’s not as clear as final 12 months.
“However each time we’re nearer and we’re pleased with the work of those three days [in Indonesia].”