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.
Realizing 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 combat too laborious 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 at 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 attempting to be very clean with the gasoline after which I simply began to push a bit extra, a bit extra.
“And I used to be understanding that solely Enea on this state of affairs, as a result of solely Fabio and Enea had the identical tempo in the course of the race, so I used to be already understanding Enea was for certain with me in the course of the race.
“But it surely didn’t change many issues for me. Once I exited from Flip 7 I regarded to the massive display and I see he crashed. So, I already knew.
“Right this moment was essential to not commit any errors, as a result of Fabio was unfortunate and he gave to us an enormous alternative to get well a variety of factors.
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Crew
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
“It was essential within the final lap to complete the race. Once I see and really feel that Enea was too near me, I simply tried to be relaxed, be calm, and I believed that if he overtakes me I cannot take any threat – I’ll simply end the race in one of the simplest ways doable.
“If I noticed some errors, some errors, I might strive [to overtake] again.
“However he didn’t within the final laps, so lastly I’m proud of the consequence. I gave my finest in the present day and I believe 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 a minimum of 10 behind Quartararo.
Now that eventuality has come to move, Bagnaia says he’ll now take into account himself a challenger – however will nonetheless strive to not dwell on this a lot.
“For certain 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 certain I’ll strive 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 simple.
“We could have much less time to check our bike, to enhance our bike, and we all know we’d like extra time to be ready in comparison with different bikes.
“However I’m fairly certain we will be very aggressive and I’ll attempt to work like we’re doing and finishes the races how we already know.”