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Francesco Bagnaia ended a 15-year watch for Ducati when he gained the world title on the Valencia finale earlier in November, the Italian overturning a 91-point deficit on the midway level of the season to beat 2021 champion Fabio Quartararo by 17.
Within the latter a part of the marketing campaign, Ducati did subject directions to its seven different riders that they needed to be aware when racing Bagnaia and do not do something dangerous for podiums and wins.
On the Malaysian Grand Prix, Ducati was accused of telling Gresini’s Enea Bastianini to not overtake Bagnaia whereas battling for the win.
And whereas Ciabatti admits Ducati was maybe “too truthful” on Bastianini in that scenario, he tells Motorsport.com that any claims of group orders affecting a end result this season have been nonsense.
“Clearly this 12 months in a couple of conditions [there were nerves], as a result of we knew Pecco was making an attempt to do the not possible to return from minus 91 to shut the hole on Fabio,” Ciabatti stated.
“We have been fairly nervous in some conditions, in Misano and Aragon, and to be completely sincere in Sepang.
“Sepang was a bit of bit completely different as a result of we have been seeing [Marco] Bezzecchi was closing the hole on Quartararo and if Bezzecchi can be third with Pecco profitable we’d be world champion.
“So, we have been discussing what to do if Bezzecchi was third. However then Bezzecchi got here to zero.8s [to Quartararo] and he began dropping, so we stated ‘OK, we’ll let it go’.
“Possibly we have been too truthful on Ducati’s aspect to let it go [between Bagnaia and Bastianini in Sepang].
Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Workforce
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“However anyway, I believe we confirmed that every one the bullshit about group orders was bullshit, as a result of if there have been group orders Jack [Miller] wouldn’t be second in Thailand and Bastianini wouldn’t win in Aragon, or won’t attempt to cross Pecco on the end line in Misano, and even attempt to problem him in Sepang.”
Bastianini will be part of Bagnaia subsequent season on the manufacturing facility Ducati squad, organising a tense rivalry after the pair’s quite a few on-track battles in 2022.
However Ciabatti says this case is a “luxurious” and believes will probably be in a position to handle any tensions that will come up between the pair.
“Some individuals would possibly assume we can have a tough scenario to handle subsequent 12 months,” he added.
“I believe it is a luxurious to have in your group the world champion and the third-classified [in the standings], and one gained 4 races and the opposite seven.
“Between the 2 of them they gained greater than 50% of grands prix. I believe it is a good downside to handle.
“I believe, I hope, now we have the instruments to handle the scenario the place they are going to be truthful competitiveness between the 2 rivals in the identical storage.
“However, I do not ask teammates to be pals, and Pecco/Jack scenario I do not assume will be repeated.
“It is a type of particular relationships that’s popping out of the character of the 2 riders, and Jack was already there when Pecco was a rookie.
“So, I believe he helped him, and he is a pleasant man. Subsequent 12 months we can have two riders who wish to win the world championship. I believe we’ll handle the scenario.”