The 2021 championship runner-up scored 4 wins for Ducati throughout the previous season and certified on pole 5 occasions, marking himself out as a title contender for 2022.
Ducati has introduced a raft of recent objects 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 occasions 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 “frightened” about Ducati’s potential forward of 2022, with Bagnaia possible doing nothing to calm his Yamaha rival’s fears along with his feedback on the ultimate day of the Jerez take a look at.
“The outdated bike was excellent already and we’re enhancing this excellent bike,” he stated.
“That factor is unbelievable. The laptime we did and the tempo we’re doing with the medium tyres and used tyres are unbelievable.
“This implies Ducati has accomplished a extremely nice job, as a result of to enhance a motorcycle that was already implausible is just not simple.
“For subsequent yr we could have much more issues to strive, however there shall be one thing to strive in Sepang.”
Bagnaia went on to say that Ducati “has all my belief” within the growth of the GP22, whereas noting that the 2022 engine – the primary Ducati has been in a position to 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 totally different,” he added.
“However like at all times, when one thing is new you need to perceive it and it is kind of on the identical degree of the outdated one, nevertheless it’s simply the second day we’re utilizing it.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 am actually assured, Ducati has all my belief for the event, and I believe 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 properly and a few issues possibly not.
“So, we have now been doing laps to grasp and discover a method to comply with for subsequent yr. However already I’m feeling nice.”