The Italian now leads the standings for the primary time in his MotoGP profession by 14 factors after finishing third on Sunday at Phillip Island to capitalise on a disastrous day for his title rivals.
Bagnaia can win the championship subsequent week at Sepang if he outscores Quartararo by 11 factors, however insists he won’t go to Malaysia desirous about his title match level as a result of “if I begin desirous about the strain, I’ll put strain on myself”.
“For certain it will likely be essential,” he mentioned of subsequent week’s Malaysian GP.
“However I’ll simply attempt to do the identical as we did from the summer season break.
“Simply considering session by session, doing a great job and being ready for the race after which see if it will likely be potential to be topped there.
“However simply be sensible, take care about every part as a result of it will likely be essential to complete the race and be in entrance.
“Sincerely, if I begin desirous about the strain, I’ll put strain on myself.
“So, I cannot give it some thought. I’ll simply be calm and do the weekend like we all the time do prior to now on this championship. So, being sensible would be the key for certain.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Crew
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Bagnaia says as soon as he knew Quartararo had crashed out of the Phillip Island race he elected to danger much less in his battle for victory, with the Ducati rider not forcing the difficulty when eventual winner Alex Rins and Honda’s Marc Marquez overtook him on the ultimate lap.
“My goal at present was to win to be extra in entrance within the championship,” Bagnaia added.
“After I was main I noticed that Fabio was out on my pit board.
“So, I simply tried to be sensible and to push as a result of after I was in entrance I simply tried to push for just a few laps.
“However then I noticed my rear tyre began to drop a bit extra, so it was very troublesome to make a niche at present.
“Then on the final lap once they each overtook me at Flip 2, I mentioned ‘Okay, if I’ll see a risk I’ll take it, however I don’t wish to take any dangers’ as a result of it was very simple to commit a mistake at present.”