Francesco Bagnaia enters the winter break with the perfect time within the MotoGP take a look at in Jerez, the final of 2021. He congratulates Ducati on the fabric supplied to him, forward of a 2022 season the place he’ll function a critical contender for the title.
Boss of the top of the 2021 MotoGP season, Francesco Bagnaia additionally left his mark on the primary take a look at of the 2022 pre-season. The vice-world champion set the perfect time within the Jerez take a look at, held on the 18th and 19th. November, with a time of 1’36.872. A tenth quicker than his qualification for the Spanish Grand Prix final Might (1’36.960), and fewer than three tenths off the all-time report for monitor 1’36.584), when he did “With a brand new medium tire, a full tank and a few wind. It is unbelievable “.
Pecco’s first sensations on the Ducati Desmosedici GP22 are good. Sure components, such because the fairing, have to be validated. However latest Valencia Grand Prix winner talks a couple of motorbike ” excellent “, at a time when a few of his opponents – Fabio Quartararo and Joan Mir, to call just a few – are urgent their builder to supply new parts.
The brand new fairing: “It’s good, however there may be nonetheless work to be achieved as a result of it’s an enormous change from this 12 months’s one, and now we have to see if it’s higher or not. I prefer it as a result of it appears to be like higher, however will probably be vital to decide on the suitable one, and for that we’d like extra laps. For the second there are extra constructive issues than destructive issues, it helps us coming into the flip however we’re dropping a bit in a straight line and anti-wheelie. We’re not but utterly satisfied as a result of it is vitally completely different. “
The brand new engine: “He is a totally completely different character and while you attempt one thing new it’s a must to perceive it first. They labored on the acceleration, we’re on the stage of the earlier engine, however it’s only on the second day so there may be room for enchancment. Ducati has my full confidence. “
A package deal near perfection: “I’ve tried various things, that is regular with Ducati and it does not shock me as a result of they work so much on the manufacturing facility. We nonetheless have lots of work to do however I really feel nice. Jack (Miller) and I’ve kind of the identical concepts about growth, and I feel the Ducati is the proper bike. “
“I am glad I rode quicker than qualifying for the Grand Prix, solely engaged on small issues, as a result of it isn’t the worst monitor for us, I already felt good with the earlier bike. It was good to see the progress now we have made this 12 months, on the bike and for me. I feel the previous bike was excellent and we made it even higher, it is wonderful. We could have extra information on the Sepang take a look at in February. “
A motorbike that progresses, however a rider who additionally advances: “It is the proper bike for me. I do not know if there’ll ever be an ideal Pecco as a result of I’ll at all times have to enhance. To illustrate I will attempt to be the perfect Pecco I will be. That is the 12 months the place I’ve progressed probably the most in my profession. In comparison with Might (final run in Jerez, editor’s word), I felt higher in every part. Profitable helped me to be extra aggressive, I took lots of steps ahead not only one. “
Eight Ducati on the monitor in 2022, a bonus: “I am glad that Luca (Marini) and (Marco) Bezzecchi are additionally right here, we could have extra issues to speak about. Working eight bikes will not be straightforward for Ducati, that is so much, however I am certain they will achieve success, and we’ll have extra knowledge for growth. “
The opponents for the title in 2022: ” It is arduous to say. It’s difficult to know who could be a title contender on a take a look at. Primarily based on the previous couple of races I’d say Marquez, Mir, Quartararo, Miller and Martin. I’m additionally satisfied that Morbidelli shall be forward when he recovers from his harm. In the long run, I’ve to consider myself and arrive as shut as attainable. “
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