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The four-time MotoGP race winner certified sixth having come by way of the Q1 session, which he admitted afterwards that he “would have signed for” after yellow flags in Friday’s FP2 session stopped him from progressing straight into Q2.
With the rain situations that hit the shortened 20-lap Mandalika race being usually good for Ducati, Bagnaia was anticipated to be a entrance runner final Sunday.
However a “unusual” feeling on his Michelin medium moist tyre robbed him of tempo and prompted him to battle underneath braking – the Italian lucky to stay on his bike after a huge moment into Turn 1 on the sixth lap.
“I’ve a whole lot of questions on my race,” Bagnaia stated, having taken the chequered flag 35.7s off the win in 15th.
“I’ve to know a whole lot of issues on what didn’t work as a result of it’s unusual that within the take a look at in Malaysia I had a very nice feeling within the moist.
“Within the take a look at right here [at Mandalika] within the first session I used to be very robust within the moist and my feeling was unbelievable like at all times.
“And at the moment I used to be struggling rather a lot from the beginning. Already within the first braking I used to be feeling unusual on the primary braking of the race, I misplaced a whole lot of positions.
“After which I used to be making an attempt to push a bit extra I used to be dropping the entrance at all times and I had the luck to don’t crash when within the end of the straight as a result of I used to be fairly quick and it was a bit scary.
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Workforce
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“However wanting additionally on the tyres, it has not labored.
“Perhaps I used to be not pushing like I’ve to do, however seems to be unusual.
“I’m fairly upset and for positive not blissful about this weekend as a result of we’ve taken only one level in two weekends.
“Our potential is rather a lot larger than this. Within the warm-up I used to be very aggressive on used tyres. So, it’s a troublesome scenario, a troublesome second.”
Bagnaia now sits final of the factors scorers within the standings in 20th having crashed out of the opening spherical in Qatar after a race all 2022 Ducati runners struggled in.
However Bagnaia says his bike was not his drawback within the Indonesia race and feels he was “able to struggle for the win” had it been dry.
“For me , the issue was not my bike, sincerely as a result of like at all times on moist our bike is unbelievable,” he added.
“[It] was not like this for me, I used to be struggling an excessive amount of with one of many robust factors of our bike in moist which is the entrance.
“It’s an odd feeling. It’s simply the second race, we’re understanding issues, my feeling within the morning [warm-up] was unbelievable with the bike.
“We had been able to struggle for the win. I wish to reset my mindset and begin once more pondering positively once more.”