Bagnaia’s championship hopes have been dealt a small enhance on Sunday at Assen when he stormed to victory from pole position, whereas factors chief Fabio Quartararo crashed out and made contact with Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro early on.
This allowed Bagnaia to scale back his factors deficit to 66, after it stood at 91 forward of Assen following back-to-back crashes in Barcelona and Germany.
Due to his latest run of retirements, Bagnaia admits the sunshine rain that fell in latter levels of the Dutch GP made him afraid of struggling one other crash.
“Was scary, actually scary,” Bagnaia stated of the late rainfall. “Once I seemed on the massive display, I simply noticed the display one time, I used to be seeing Aleix on the gravel and a blue bike there.
“So, I imagined it was Fabio with Aleix, so for certain we had a little bit of luck.
“However then I simply stated ‘OK, I might be extra relaxed, I can do my race with extra calm’. However wanting on the hole with [Marco] Bezzecchi, he was at all times catching.
“So, I needed to push once more, I needed to open this hole once more to be smarter and extra calm once more later within the race.
“However then the rain got here. Once I noticed the rain I simply slowed down a bit, however Bezzecchi was pushing once more.
“So, it was very tough. I used to be terrified to crash once more, so the principle factor was to complete the race. It wasn’t simple, however I attempted to be good, I attempted to not push over the restrict.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Staff
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Bagnaia defined that he initially misplaced time to the chasing Bezzecchi when the rain began to fall as a result of he thought the observe was wetter than it truly was, and was thrown off by water droplets flicking onto the within of his Ducati’s display when he eliminated a visor tear-off.
“My drawback was that I noticed the rain and I used to be pondering it was extra slippery than what it was in actuality,” he added.
“The issue is when it’s raining, and when it’s mild rain, and you’ve got the tear off, the rain comes from the tear off onto your display.
“You begin to not see issues clearly, so I simply eliminated the tear off and I misplaced like six tenths, 5 tenths.
“I misplaced plenty of time, and he [Bezzecchi] was catching me prefer it was not raining.
“I used to be pushing with out pushing as a result of when it is raining you possibly can’t hit the corners like regular. However I discovered a solution to journey and it was OK.”