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 enthusiastic about his title match level as a result of “if I begin enthusiastic about the strain, I’ll put strain on myself”.
“For certain it is going to be crucial,” he mentioned of subsequent week’s Malaysian GP.
“However I’ll simply attempt to do the identical as we did from the summer time break.
“Simply considering session by session, doing a very good job and being ready for the race after which see if it is going to be attainable to be topped there.
“However simply be good, take care about every little thing as a result of it is going to be vital to complete the race and be in entrance.
“Sincerely, if I begin enthusiastic about the strain, I’ll put strain on myself.
“So, I can’t 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 good would be the key for certain.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Workforce
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 in the present day was to win to be extra in entrance within the championship,” Bagnaia added.
“Once I was main I noticed that Fabio was out on my pit board.
“So, I simply tried to be good and to push as a result of once 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 tough to make a niche in the present day.
“Then on the final lap after they each overtook me at Flip 2, I mentioned ‘Okay, if I’ll see a chance I’ll take it, however I don’t need to take any dangers’ as a result of it was very simple to commit a mistake in the present day.”