Quartararo was eradicated on lap one when he bumped into the again of Marc Marquez after the Honda rider had a small slide exiting Flip three.
Bagnaia went on to complete second, zero.042 seconds behind Gresini’s Enea Bastianini after an exciting duel, to scale back his championship deficit to Quartararo to only 10 factors with 5 races remaining in 2022.
Figuring out the “big alternative” Quartararo’s crash provided Bagnaia, the Ducati rider admits it didn’t alter how he approached the race – whereas including that he wasn’t going to battle too exhausting in opposition to Bastianini if his future team-mate was to come back previous on the final lap.
“Sincerely, it didn’t change my technique,” Bagnaia mentioned of Quartararo’s incident.
“My technique was to set my tempo, lap by lap as a result of in the beginning I used to be feeling that the grip was not the identical because it was in FP4.
“I used to be calm, I used to be simply making an attempt to be very clean with the fuel after which I simply began to push a bit extra, a bit extra.
“And I used to be figuring out that solely Enea on this scenario, as a result of solely Fabio and Enea had the identical tempo through the race, so I used to be already figuring out Enea was for positive with me through the race.
“But it surely didn’t change many issues for me. After I exited from Flip 7 I appeared to the massive display screen and I see he crashed. So, I already knew.
“Right now was essential to not commit any errors, as a result of Fabio was unfortunate and he gave to us an enormous alternative to recuperate plenty of factors.
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Group
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
“It was essential within the final lap to complete the race. After I see and really feel that Enea was too near me, I simply tried to be relaxed, be calm, and I assumed that if he overtakes me I can’t take any danger – I’ll simply end the race in the easiest way potential.
“If I noticed some errors, some errors, I might attempt [to overtake] again.
“However he didn’t within the final laps, so lastly I’m pleased with the end result. I gave my finest in the present day and I feel we did an enormous distinction in comparison with the others in the present day.”
Bagnaia mentioned after his San Marino GP victory, when he closed the championship result in 30 factors, that he would solely begin to consider the title when he was at the very least 10 behind Quartararo.
Now that eventuality has come to move, Bagnaia says he’ll now contemplate himself a challenger – however will nonetheless attempt to not dwell on this a lot.
“For positive now it’s extra clear that we’re shut,” he mentioned.
“10 factors is the bottom distance I ever had [to a championship leader] from the beginning of a season.
“So, for positive I’ll attempt to consider the championship, however not a lot. I’ll suppose nearly my work, I do know that in Japan it is not going to be straightforward.
“We can have much less time to check our bike, to enhance our bike, and we all know we want extra time to be ready in comparison with different bikes.
“However I’m fairly positive we may be very aggressive and I’ll attempt to work like we’re doing and finishes the races how we already know.”