The four-time race winner got here into the brand new marketing campaign as scorching favorite to problem for the championship after ending 2021 runner-up, whereas declaring in November’s Jerez take a look at that Ducati had improved on an already “good bike”.
However the pre-season for Ducati was troublesome, as a problematic 2022 engine – with an aggressive energy supply – prompted him and team-mate Jack Miller into utilizing a hybrid 2021/2022 motor for the brand new season.
Bagnaia struggled to ninth in qualifying and dropped to 14th on the opening lap, earlier than ending his race on the 12th tour in a collision with Pramac poleman Jorge Martin, whereas Gresini’s Enea Bastianini on a year-old Ducati gained the race.
The Ducati rider says he struggled to search out the sensation he had with the front-end of the bike in 2021 throughout the Qatar weekend, and believes he hasn’t targeted sufficient on his personal using type with the GP22.
“It’s a bit unusual as a result of in my state of affairs I work an excessive amount of,” he mentioned.
“We completed our work in FP3 and this isn’t doable for me, it’s not nice. My feeling was again in FP4, however simply because we re-decided and I discovered once more my feeling with the bike.
“From that time we didn’t contact the bike till this morning [in warm-up] after I was using and I used to be fifth, and I used to be not prepared for the race as a result of I used to be a bit sooner however the electronics and the setting of the bike was not good for the grip and the monitor.
“We needed to do one thing for the race, however we have been behind.
“Contemplating our tempo of yesterday, what we have been doing throughout this race was fairly good as a result of I used to be recovering, I used to be quick.
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Group
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“Not like the primary [guys] clearly however I used to be fairly quick, and it’s clear that the bike of final yr that was profitable the final races as we speak has gained.
“Enea [Bastianini] from his first day of testing began simply to place gas on the bike and was using, and we have been an excessive amount of focused on growing.
“In my half, from that time we are going to by no means contact the bike once more and can simply experience.”
Bagnaia added that it was “too bold” to suppose he might have fought for victory on Sunday because the bike merely “was not prepared”.
“I used to be 16th at Flip three, so was not the very best begin for certain,” he started.
“Then I began to push to get better positions, however we weren’t prepared in any respect to struggle for the win as we speak.
“It was too bold to suppose on the victory, however we tried to get better positions.
“My tempo was fairly good, eager about what we’ve got achieved this weekend.
“The primary factor will likely be to start out from this and don’t contact something on the bike anymore, as a result of I actually must be extra focused on me and pondering extra on my using type and to have once more the identical feeling of final yr and the identical outcomes of final yr.
“I do know we’ve got the likelihood to win races, however for now we’ve got to simply take into consideration me and this would be the key to being in entrance once more.”
Bagnaia defined on Sunday night that his crash with Martin was all the way down to a “unusual” locking of the entrance finish, whereas the latter mentioned he had “fear” for his life in the incident.