Bagnaia was set to begin Sunday’s 25-lap Portimao race from pole after blitzing the lap document in qualifying, just for his effort to be cancelled for a yellow flag infringement, leaving him in 11th.
It took Bagnaia 4 laps to maneuver up from 11th in the beginning of the race, however ultimately labored his manner into podium rivalry and was promoted to second late on when Pramac’s Johann Zarco crashed out.
The Ducati rider says second was the “most” consequence on provide for him, however feels he may have put Fabio Quartararo below strain for the win had his qualifying lap not been cancelled.
“I believe at the moment the utmost consequence attainable was the second place, as a result of Fabio was in entrance with an enormous hole to get better,” Bagnaia stated after Sunday’s race.
“In any case, we misplaced yesterday the chance to attempt to win, perhaps at the moment it was the identical second however with a chance to struggle.
“Fabio set a extremely robust tempo and I believe nobody was anticipating a tempo like this as a result of the grip from the monitor was very excessive and in addition the tyres had been working very effectively.
“So, I believe we did an incredible job, all people.
“I am very joyful as a result of perhaps in a scenario like this final 12 months I am not right here [on the podium].
“I improved my driving model on this scenario, and I overtook a whole lot of riders in some corners the place I used to be pondering it was tough to overhaul.
“I am joyful. It was not simple, within the first brake it was simple to lose the entrance or go large, so has been very tough.
“However in any case, I am very joyful [with] the most effective consequence attainable. We have been working very effectively this weekend and at the moment the utmost was second and we achieved it. So, I am very joyful.”
Bagnaia got here below strain from Suzuki’s Joan Mir on the ultimate lap however was assured he solely wanted to enter into the ultimate nook forward to keep up second, as the facility of Ducati would maintain the reigning world champion at bay.
“I used to be pondering Joan was on my again seat as a result of I used to be listening to him and he was so shut,” Bagnaia, no second within the standings, stated.
“However I used to be pondering if I stayed in entrance to the final nook, it could be not possible for him to overhaul me as a result of our acceleration could be very robust.
“Within the final lap I make a great lap, so within the final lap I used to be pondering it was tougher for him to overhaul me.”