Bagnaia stormed to a maiden victory in MotoGP two weeks in the past at Aragon when he beat Honda’s Marc Marquez in an exhilarating duel, and added a second to his tally after fending of championship chief Fabio Quartararo at Misano the next week.
This was Ducati’s fifth win in 2021, following back-to-back victories for Jack Miller at Jerez and Le Mans, and a well-known maiden win for Pramac rookie Jorge Martin in Austria.
In addition to its 5 wins, Ducati has additionally loved podium success with all of its groups and 5 out of its six riders, with rookie Enea Bastianini guiding his two-year-old Avintia-run bike to 3rd at Misano.
Solely Yamaha has exceeded Ducati’s haul of wins this 12 months with six – although 5 of these have been by the hands of Fabio Quartararo, with Maverick Vinales securing the opposite one.
Suzuki is but to win a grand prix in a troublesome title defence season for the reigning riders’ and groups’ champions, a consequence of a GSX-RR package deal that has developed little from its 2020 predecessor.
Talking after crashing out fourth place at Misano whereas making an attempt to chase Bastianini, Rins says he believes Ducati has taken an enormous leap ahead in 2021 – highlighting the way it has been in a position to enhance its conventional weak level of turning.
“For positive I noticed the Ducati is 5 steps extra in entrance,” Rins stated.
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Crew
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
“I imply, they’re fairly sturdy. This crash possibly occurred as a result of I used to be making an attempt to take care of the identical tempo [as Bastianini].
“Joan [Mir] and I, we try to provide our greatest with the Suzuki.
“Joan for positive is preventing for the world championship, I’ve nothing to lose so I attempted to be a bit of bit not aggressive, however going extra to the restrict.
“Typically I go [the limit] and I crash.
“They’re fairly higher than us. I want to say in all of the races as a result of previously the Ducati was a motorcycle that solely was working good within the stop-and-go tracks.
“Now in nearly all of the tracks, they’re working good.
“In Aragon Pecco did a incredible race, overtaking Marc, the bike was turning tremendous. Additionally, this observe [Misano] is a really small observe they usually had been in a position to flip effectively.”
Teammate Mir conceded after ending sixth at Misano that his title probabilities had been all however gone, and expressed that he was “indignant” at that reality as he feels he has been driving a lot better in 2021.