Bagnaia’s 2021 title hopes got here to an finish late on in the previous Emilia Romagna GP when he crashed out of the lead, with Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo rising from the Misano weekend because the world champion.
The Ducati rider put these demons behind him to qualify on pole in Portugal with a brand new lap report and went on to take a dominant lights to flag victory on Sunday, securing him runner-up spot within the standings and successful the constructors’ crown for Ducati.
When requested if he felt he was driving freer now he didn’t have to consider the championship, Bagnaia says there was no distinction as he didn’t really feel he had any stress at Misano.
“Sincerely I feel I’m the identical as Misano. I used to be doing the identical race, I used to be pushing like in Misano,” he stated.
“In Misano I used to be extra unfortunate as a result of I crashed, this time I had the luck to not crash – perhaps as a result of I used to be not with the laborious entrance.
“However sincerely I didn’t change examine to Misano I feel, as a result of at Misano I used to be simply attempting to maintain the championship open.
“However I used to be already figuring out it was very tough to win it, as a result of as we speak if I had the win in Misano, for positive Quartararo was not crashing as we speak.
“So, it’s okay like this and I used to be racing with out stress of the championship, so I simply did the identical factor.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Workforce
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Bagnaia hailed his Algarve GP as “my finest weekend in MotoGP” having been sturdy from the off, although admits the early laps of his race have been tough as a result of he didn’t really feel assured on his medium entrance tyre.
“I’m very pleased as a result of I feel it’s my finest weekend in MotoGP, and in addition I loved each single session this weekend as a result of whenever you really feel so nice together with your bike all the things comes a lot simpler to you,” he added.
“So, I’m very proud of the work that was completed. Evaluating to April [at the Portuguese GP] that I completed second, I used to be feeling extra aggressive this time.
“I’m very pleased. This race was perhaps at the beginning harder as a result of with the entrance tyre I used to be struggling a bit greater than within the different races.
“So, at the beginning I used to be attempting to push, however each time I used to be leaning I used to be feeling the entrance was closing.
“However then all the things was coming higher and higher, and I’m very pleased to have received this race. Additionally, I’m very pleased that we’ve got received the constructors’ championship.”