Francesco Bagnaia ended a 15-year await Ducati when he received 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 problem 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 Autosport that any claims of workforce orders affecting a outcome this season had been nonsense.
“Clearly this yr in a number of conditions [there were nerves], as a result of we knew Pecco was making an attempt to do the inconceivable to come back from minus 91 to shut the hole on Fabio,” Ciabatti mentioned.
“We had been fairly nervous in some conditions, in Misano and Aragon, and to be completely sincere in Sepang.
“Sepang was somewhat bit completely different as a result of we had been seeing [Marco] Bezzecchi was closing the hole on Quartararo and if Bezzecchi can be third with Pecco successful we’d be world champion.
“So, we had been discussing what to do if Bezzecchi was third. However then Bezzecchi got here to zero.8s [to Quartararo] and he began shedding, so we mentioned ‘OK, we’ll let it go’.
“Possibly we had been too truthful on Ducati’s facet to let it go [between Bagnaia and Bastianini in Sepang].
“However anyway, I feel we confirmed that each one the bullshit about workforce orders was bullshit, as a result of if there have been workforce orders Jack [Miller] wouldn’t be second in Thailand and Bastianini wouldn’t win in Aragon, or won’t attempt to go Pecco on the end line in Misano, and even attempt to problem him in Sepang.”
Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Staff
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Bastianini will be a 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 example is a “luxurious” and believes will probably be capable of handle any tensions which will come up between the pair.
“Some folks would possibly suppose we can have a tough scenario to handle subsequent yr,” he added.
“I feel it is a luxurious to have in your workforce the world champion and the third-classified [in the standings], and one received 4 races and the opposite seven.
“Between the 2 of them they received greater than 50% of grands prix. I feel it is a good downside to handle.
“I feel, I hope, we’ve the instruments to handle the scenario the place they are going to be truthful competitiveness between the 2 opponents in the identical storage.
“However, I do not ask teammates to be associates, and Pecco/Jack scenario I do not suppose will be repeated.
“It is a kind 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 feel he helped him, and he is a pleasant man. Subsequent yr we can have two riders who wish to win the world championship. I feel we’ll handle the scenario.”