Bagnaia has loved a purple patch of late, scoring back-to-back wins at Aragon and Misano, whereas including a third-successive podium look to that run with third in final Sunday’s Grand Prix of the Americas.
Nevertheless, with Quartararo ending second to increase his championship result in 52 factors over Bagnaia, the Yamaha rider could have his first likelihood to wrap up the title within the upcoming Emilia Romagna GP.
Within the MotoE finale at Misano three weeks in the past, Dominique Aegerter collided with Jordi Torres on the ultimate lap and took the title – solely to be penalised post-race, awarding Torres back-to-back titles within the collection.
When requested if he must make dangerous strikes on Quartararo to maintain his title hopes alive, Bagnaia mentioned: “I’m right here simply to attempt to shut this hole that appears prefer it’s unimaginable to shut.
“However I’m simply making an attempt to… I’m extra relaxed than Fabio, I feel, as a result of Fabio has to consider the championship.
“I’ve to suppose solely to be as aggressive as doable and I’m not saying that Fabio’s not relaxed, however I’m extra calm I feel.
“For positive, I cannot do one thing like Aegerter as a result of when you have the likelihood to overhaul, you overtake, and in case you don’t have it it’s too dangerous to do one thing.
“We don’t have eight, seven factors between us, however 50, so I feel that’s not one thing that I’ve to do.”
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing, Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Staff
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Bagnaia added: “I cannot hand over, however Fabio this yr has performed an ideal job.
“He was the most effective at the beginning and is the one who remained extra fixed, so he’s actually an ideal rider. So, he could have the likelihood to win.
“We all know the place we lose these factors, so in these final three, 4 races we’re doing a extremely good job, we’re bettering, we’re studying.
“So, we’re extra aggressive and Fabio is doing a extremely nice job.”
Quartararo mentioned after his Austin podium that he “doesn’t should be obsessed” with successful the title at Misano later this month and can method the race like every other.