The 2021 championship runner-up scored 4 wins for Ducati throughout the previous season and certified on pole 5 instances, marking himself out as a title contender for 2022.
Ducati has introduced a raft of latest gadgets to the two-day Jerez take a look at this week, together with a brand new engine, fairing and exhaust, with Bagnaia at the moment topping Friday’s instances as of 3pm native time with a 1m36.872s lap set on medium rubber that’s faster than his Spanish GP qualifying lap.
World champion Quartararo already admitted after the Valencia finale that he was “anxious” about Ducati’s potential forward of 2022, with Bagnaia probably doing nothing to calm his Yamaha rival’s fears together with his feedback on the ultimate day of the Jerez take a look at.
“The previous bike was excellent already and we’re enhancing this excellent bike,” he mentioned.
“That factor is unimaginable. The lap time we did and the tempo we’re doing with the medium tyres and used tyres are unimaginable.
“This implies Ducati has completed a very nice job, as a result of to enhance a motorcycle that was already implausible will not be simple.
“For subsequent yr we could have much more issues to attempt, however there might be one thing to attempt in Sepang.”
Bagnaia went on to say that Ducati “has all my belief” within the improvement of the GP22, whereas noting that the 2022 engine – the primary Ducati has been capable of develop since 2020 owing to the COVID pandemic – is just about already on the degree of the present motor.
“The character of the engine is completely completely different,” he added.
“However like all the time, when one thing is new it’s important to perceive it and it’s kind of on the similar degree of the previous one, however it’s simply the second day we’re utilizing it.
“So, we nonetheless have margin [to improve]. I really feel superb with the work they’re doing, as a result of I’m actually assured, Ducati has all my belief for the event, and I feel we’re telling nice issues – me and Jack – to Ducati to enhance this bike.
“There are all small variations to the bike, some issues have labored effectively and a few issues possibly not.
“So, now we have been doing laps to grasp and discover a method to comply with for subsequent yr. However already I’m feeling nice.”