Bagnaia has received back-to-back MotoGP races in 2021 at Aragon and at Misano, beating Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo in final Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix.
Throughout his third season in MotoGP, Bagnaia has impressed many together with his cornering means on the GP21 and his braking – with Pramac’s Johann Zarco believing Bagnaia is the one making the distinction on the Ducati into corners, slightly than the bike.
Braking was a weak space for Bagnaia in his rookie marketing campaign in 2019, however the Italian says working together with his Panigale V4 avenue bike on Michelin’s endurance tyres at Misano all through 2020 and finding out ex-Ducati rider Lorenzo’s information has helped him to mould his braking type.
“It’s one thing that I labored rather a lot on, as a result of within the first yr in MotoGP I used to be struggling rather a lot with the braking,” Bagnaia defined after his Misano victory.
“And I began working rather a lot on that space within the final a part of 2019.
“In 2020 I used to be already doing a step, however I additionally labored rather a lot with a avenue bike right here [at Misano] to handle the higher the entrance tyre, as a result of one benefit of our Panigale when it comes to using type and when it comes to tyre, as a result of the tyres we’re utilizing is the Michelin endurance tyre, the development may be very comparable.
“So, what the entrance is doing is shut I believe [to the MotoGP bike].
“So, I labored rather a lot with these tyres and that bike, and in addition with the information of Jorge Lorenzo I labored rather a lot.
“So, now the distinction I make is simply the final a part of the braking. I’m braking as arduous and as robust as I can, however I’m making the distinction in entry I believe.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Crew
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Quartararo famous that he was struggling to maintain up with Bagnaia within the latter levels of the Misano race as a result of Ducati rider’s pace by the quick sequence of right-handers at Turns 11, 12 and 13.
Explaining how he is ready to nook so properly right here, Bagnaia stated: “The advantage of this bike is that it’s very steady, so in these quick corners we will enter with numerous pace and our bike will not be shaking rather a lot.
“So, I really feel very nice in quick corners, in all of the circuits now we have.
“And in addition, I’ve a extremely nice feeling with the entrance, however ranging from this yr.
“Earlier than I used to be struggling a bit extra. This yr the sensation I’ve with the entrance is unbelievable.
“We didn’t change something on the bike, the setting is similar to final yr.
“However the feeling has grown rather a lot and I improved rather a lot tips on how to handle the entrance tyre, so the sensation is nice and it helps me to enter into the quick corners like this.”