Bastianini: Being Bagnaia’s Ducati MotoGP team-mate “might be an issue for him” - Motor Informed
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Bastianini: Being Bagnaia’s Ducati MotoGP team-mate “might be an issue for him”

Bastianini won Sunday’s French GP at Le Mans after a quick cube with Bagnaia that ended up with the manufacturing unit Ducati rider making a mistake whereas main on lap 21 of 27 and crashing out a number of corners later.

It marked the third win of the season for Bastianini aboard his Gresini-run 2021-spec Ducati and has put him simply eight factors off the championship lead.

It has additionally come at an important juncture by way of his MotoGP future, as he is likely one of the favourites – alongside Jorge Martin, who crashed at Le Mans – to take Jack Miller’s place on the manufacturing unit Ducati squad subsequent season.

When requested by Autosport on Sunday at Le Mans if he felt he was giving Ducati no alternative however to advertise him to its manufacturing unit squad, Bastianini stated: “I don’t know. I’m not the Ducati boss.

“However I feel my scenario is healthier in respect to the opposite Ducati riders.

“Pecco yesterday stated he’d choose to stick with Jack [as a team-mate].

“And I feel his determination, I don’t know if Ducati desires to take heed to him.

“However, additionally within the case of staying at Gresini or different [teams] with a manufacturing unit bundle I will be quick.”

And when requested why he thought Bagnaia would like to maintain Miller as his team-mate, Bastianini remarked: “I feel he prefers Miller as a result of he’s the chief of Ducati and he is aware of the potential of me, and likewise I consider Martin. It may be an issue for him.”

Jack Miller, Ducati Team, Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing

Jack Miller, Ducati Workforce, Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing

Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Bagnaia refuted this when requested about it, stating that he believes Bastianini would deserve the call-up ought to it come, and solely stated he would like Miller if he had a alternative as a result of they’ve been collectively since 2019.

“Jack is my team-mate type 2019 and I do know him very nicely,” Bagnaia stated.

“So, it’s regular that should you had to decide on a mate to share your field with, it’s the person you’ve extra conversations with, spend extra time with.

“So, Jack is my first alternative as a result of he’s a pal, he is an efficient team-mate, I wish to work with him.

“But it surely’s one thing that the workforce has to decide on. If will probably be Enea, if will probably be Martin for me will probably be the identical story. I’ve all the time had a great relationship with all my team-mates. Enea I feel deserves the place as a result of, in Austin he was so aggressive and immediately he gained the race.”

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team crash

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Workforce crash

Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Explaining his crash in Sunday’s French GP – which has left him 44 factors off the championship lead – Bagnaia says it was “unusual” as he wasn’t pushing arduous and is “indignant” consequently.

“When Bastianini overtook me, I did simply the identical technique as in Aragon [last year] after I fought with Marc [Marquez],” he stated.

“So, I attempted to be in entrance of him as quickly as attainable. However then I did a mistake in Flip eight. I simply tried to brake a bit tougher, however the entrance locking was heavy, so I simply went straight.

“I braked possibly too arduous. Once I was off and I used to be again on monitor, I simply thought ‘no strain, I’ll retake him’.

“My concept was to not get well to him as quick as I can as a result of I knew it was simple to make a mistake.

“However arriving into the second-last nook I arrived a bit slower and I crashed. So, it was a bit unusual. I used to be remaining on my tempo, so every part was okay.

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“The one factor modified was that I raced with the medium. However I don’t assume that was the issue of the crash.

“I don’t know why, I did Flip 11 slower to breathe a bit. After which after I arrived to the second final nook I crashed. It’s very obscure and I’m a bit indignant now.”

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