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Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP bike “already raceable” after first check

The 2021 MotoGP championship runner-up gained 4 races final season and solely missed the title by 26 factors after a powerful second half to the marketing campaign.

Ducati gained extra races than every other producer in 2021, with Bagnaia (four), Jack Miller (2) and Pramac rookie Jorge Martin (1) tallying up seven between them – securing the Italian marque the constructors’ crown for the second yr in a row.

Bagnaia said at the end of 2021 that the Ducati was a “perfect” bike, however the producer had improved on that with its 2022 prototype on the post-season Jerez check, which Bagnaia topped outright.

The Italian says Ducati has taken onboard the suggestions all riders have given for the 2022 bike, and believes it was able to race at Jerez.

“I believe that Ducati has heard quite a bit from the riders, to me, to Jack, to [Johann] Zarco, to Martin, as a result of I used to be asking for a neater bike as a result of everyone seems to be saying the Ducati is the simplest bike, the quickest bike, the higher bike to make use of,” Bagnaia instructed Autosport’s Tank Slappers podcast.

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“However it’s one thing that I can’t perceive as a result of I’m not saying one other bike is the very best as a result of I didn’t attempt it. It’s very troublesome to say one thing concerning the different bikes with out attempting it.

“However I used to be asking to have a simple bike to journey in a quick observe with quick corners, as a result of our bike will not be really easy in that scenario.

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Crew

Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

“With the brand new fairing I began to really feel a bit higher, however [it] has additionally some weak factors. I’m positive the engineers are working quite a bit on that factor.

“However on the check in Jerez, our time with the brand new bike was unbelievable as a result of I did it with a full gas tank and likewise with medium tyres. It was unbelievable and [as] was the brand new bike, and each time you begin with a brand new bike it’s a must to adapt on it.

“I began properly, I labored quite a bit all the 2 days and within the second day it was already okay, it was already raceable. If the race was the day after, I used to be beginning with that bike.

“Ducati engineers have accomplished an unbelievable job with subsequent yr’s bike and I’m positive that for [testing in] Malaysia we’ll discover some new surprises for positive.”

Pre-season testing for the 2022 marketing campaign is because of kick off in Malaysia on 5 February for 2 official days, earlier than three extra days happen on the Mandalika circuit in Indonesia the next week. 

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