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Bastianini can be “downside” for Bagnaia as Ducati teammate

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Bastianini received Sunday’s French GP at Le Mans after a quick cube with Bagnaia that ended up with the manufacturing unit Ducati rider making a mistake whereas main on lap 21 of 27 and crashing out a couple of corners later.

It marked the third win of the season for Bastianini aboard his Gresini-run 2021-spec Ducati and has put him simply eight factors off the championship lead.

It has additionally come at an important juncture when it comes to his MotoGP future, as he is without doubt one of the favourites – alongside Jorge Martin, who crashed at Le Mans – to take Jack Miller’s place on the manufacturing unit Ducati squad subsequent season.

When requested by Motorsport.com on Sunday at Le Mans if he felt he was giving Ducati no alternative however to advertise him to its manufacturing unit squad, Bastianini stated: “I don’t know. I’m not the Ducati boss.

“However I feel my scenario is healthier in respect to the opposite Ducati riders. 

“Pecco yesterday stated he’d want to stick with Jack [as a teammate]. And I feel his choice, I don’t know if Ducati desires to hearken to him.

“However, additionally within the case of staying at Gresini or different [teams] with a manufacturing unit bundle I might be quick.”

And when requested why he thought Bagnaia would favor to maintain Miller as his teammate, Bastianini remarked: “I feel he prefers Miller as a result of he’s the chief of Ducati and he is aware of the potential of me, and in addition I consider Martin. It may be an issue for him.”

Jack Miller, Ducati Team, Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing

Jack Miller, Ducati Staff, Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing

Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Bagnaia refuted this when requested about it, stating that he believes Bastianini would deserve the call-up ought to it come, and solely stated he would favor Miller if he had a alternative as a result of they’ve been collectively since 2019.

“Jack is my teammate kind 2019 and I do know him very nicely,” Bagnaia stated.

“So, it’s regular that in the event you had to decide on a mate to share your field with, it’s the person you’ve got extra conversations with, spend extra time with.

“So, Jack is my first alternative as a result of he’s a pal, he is an effective teammate, I wish to work with him.

“But it surely’s one thing that the group has to decide on. If will probably be Enea, if will probably be Martin for me will probably be the identical story. I’ve at all times had relationship with all my teammates. Enea I feel deserves the place as a result of, in Austin he was so aggressive and at this time he received the race.”

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Explaining his crash in Sunday’s French GP – which has left him 44 factors off the championship lead – Bagnaia says it was “unusual” as he wasn’t pushing exhausting and is “offended” consequently.

“When Bastianini overtook me, I did simply the identical technique as in Aragon [last year] after I fought with Marc [Marquez],” he stated.

“So, I attempted to be in entrance of him as quickly as doable. However then I did a mistake in Flip eight. I simply tried to brake a bit more durable, however the entrance locking was heavy, so I simply went straight.

“I braked possibly too exhausting. Once I was off and I used to be again on monitor, I simply thought ‘no strain, I’ll retake him’.

“My concept was to not recuperate to him as quick as I can as a result of I knew it was simple to make a mistake.

“However arriving into the second-last nook I arrived a bit slower and I crashed. So, it was a bit unusual. I used to be remaining on my tempo, so every part was okay.

“The one factor modified was that I raced with the medium. However I don’t assume that was the issue of the crash.

“I don’t know why, I did Flip 11 slower to breathe a bit. After which after I arrived to the second final nook I crashed. It’s very obscure and I’m a bit offended now.”

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