The 2021 marketing campaign enters its dwelling stretch this weekend with the Algarve Grand Prix, earlier than the Valencia GP subsequent week brings the curtain down on the season.
Yamaha’s Quartararo has already been topped world champion, after ending fourth within the earlier Emilia Romagna GP, while Bagnaia crashed from the lead to seal the Frenchman his first MotoGP title.
Although Ducati and Yamaha nonetheless have the groups’ and constructors’ championships to determine, Bagnaia says his foremost hope is to have a correct duel with Quartararo within the closing two races.
“For positive, these two races will probably be good to do as a result of now Fabio don’t have any strain as a result of he already gained the championship,” Bagnaia mentioned on Thursday in Portugal.
“So, I would love to have a struggle with him, however not like in Misano (Quartararo chased down Bagnaia within the San Marino GP in September however couldn’t overtake); beginning collectively and preventing collectively could be good
“These are two tracks which might be completely different, as a result of on this observe I used to be quick in April, and in Valencia I’ve by no means been quick in my life.
“So, I want to be quick there and I’m nonetheless to know how you can do it.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Workforce, crash
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Reflecting on the tip of his 2021 title hopes, Bagnaia says he’s extra annoyed about crashing out of the Emilia Romagna GP as a result of he misplaced a probable race win, slightly than what it meant for his championship.
“Sure, it’s extra as a result of I misplaced a race than the championship, as a result of I’m positive Fabio was deserving extra of this championship,” he added.
“I used to be with a variety of factors behind, and likewise if I used to be successful the race at Misano now I’d be with like 36 factors [disadvantage].
“With 36 factors, he have a variety of potentialities to win a title nonetheless.
“However in any case, I attempted all. It was not our goal to win the championship this 12 months as a result of I used to be arriving from two very tough seasons, my first two years in MotoGP I struggled quite a bit.
“This 12 months I discovered quite a bit, I grew with the crew and this final a part of the season I used to be preventing for the championship, however I used to be too far behind.”