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The Italian completed Friday’s operating in 11th, barely enhancing on Saturday morning to complete FP3 in seventh place earlier than qualifying in fifth for the race.
Having struggled with tyres on the tough observe, he requested long-time mentor Rossi and Ducati world champion Stoner for recommendation on how they’d tackled Silverstone, having received a race every there.
The Ducati rider says Rossi helped him “to grasp the temperature with the tyres, he helped me quite a bit,” whereas Stoner suggested him how finest to get traction on the exit of corners.
He stated: “This weekend I spoke quite a bit with Valentino, extra. He instructed me quite a bit to grasp higher the scenario, as a result of I used to be a bit in bother on the weekend.
“It’s not simple from his viewpoint as a result of he’s at dwelling trying on the display on the TV, however he helped me to grasp the tyres, to grasp the temperature with the tyres, he helped me quite a bit.
“To Casey, I simply requested if up to now he had accomplished one thing totally different on this observe that helped him to be extra aggressive.
“And this morning he despatched me a message and I simply tried to do one thing in the way in which he had accomplished up to now and was good, however possibly not for the tyre now we have now.
“However in any case, I’m very glad to have these type of individuals round me at my disposal.”
Requested to elaborate on Stoner’s recommendation, Bagnaia added: “He was nice at discovering traction on the exit of the nook, and this was his suggestion for right now. I attempted to attend extra on opening fuel, it was a bit higher.
“The issue was that I did possibly on the remaining 5 or 6 laps, it was with out rear grip, so on this final a part of the race I used to be simply doing my driving type as a result of I wasn’t ready to make use of the rear tyre.
“So I simply tried to push quite a bit within the braking to cease the bike earlier than utilizing simply the entrance tyre as a result of the rear was dragging quite a bit.”
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing, Francesco Bagnaia, Pramac Racing
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Regardless of having closed the hole from 91 to 49 factors in two races, Bagnaia stated he would nonetheless “prefer to assume race-by-race” and acknowledges the half Quartararo’s long-lap penalty performed in his win.
He stated: “Yeah for positive, I recovered lots of factors within the final two races however nonetheless I don’t need to take into consideration the championship. Now we have time to consider that.
“Subsequent one is Austria, I’ll attempt to be aggressive, I’ll attempt to assume simply of Austria.
“In the present day was essential to take a bonus from the long-lap penalty of Fabio and that was the important thing, Fabio with this long-lap misplaced time as a result of he began on the medium rear tyre and if he was within the entrance, in first place, I feel he was opening a niche, as a result of right now was very aggressive.
“However [Johann] Zarco was closing his traces quite a bit and he misplaced lots of positions. So then for positive with the medium tyre it wasn’t one of the best scenario for him.
“However then additionally Aleix yesterday had a giant crash however right now was not aggressive like Maverick was and so right now I had an important day when it comes to championship.
“Successful right now was crucial factor as a result of I used to be struggling and it is the primary time this yr that in a tough scenario I win. So I’m very comfortable about this.
“My goal is at all times to be aggressive and to win races. Now we have to say that I had the luck however the final time, Fabio did a mistake, on this observe he had a long-lap penalty, so I feel in regular circumstances Fabio was at all times in entrance like me, to combat with me.
“I feel that this one he was extra aggressive, however we had the luck that he had the long-lap penalty. Completed a great job, as a result of now we have taken benefit of this example. I’m at all times combating to realize factors however I wish to assume race by race, that’s higher.”