Ducati rider Bagnaia led from pole for the complete 23-lap Aragon GP and repelled a fierce assault from the Honda of Marc Marquez to say his first MotoGP victory in an exciting race.
The Italian turns into the second rider from Rossi’s VR46 Academy to turn out to be a MotoGP race winner after Franco Morbidelli, and claimed his maiden premier class triumph precisely 50 years to the day Ducati made its debut within the class.
Rossi couldn’t disguise his delight for Bagnaia following Sunday’s race, and admits he pushed the younger Italian onerous to verify he chosen the onerous entrance and tender rear tyre for the race having prior to now made “some unusual selections” on this space.
“I need to say initially that I’m actually, actually completely happy for Pecco, initially personally as a result of I’m a terrific pal of Pecco’s and we keep collectively a number of instances in the course of the weekends and at residence,” mentioned Rossi, who was 19th on the Petronas SRT Yamaha.
“So, I’ve to say initially my congratulations as a result of the primary victory in MotoGP is a second that a bike journey by no means forgets.
“Additionally, a victory like this with a battle to the final lap is one thing nice.
“I feel that he deserves this as a result of all this yr he was very quick and he rides the Ducati in a implausible method.
“Yesterday I mentioned to him it’s the second to win as a result of he’s at all times very quick.
“Generally prior to now he was unfortunate with the tyres, however in the present day was the day.
“I attempted yesterday [Saturday] to hypnotise him, telling him ‘onerous/tender’ [repeatedly], as a result of generally Pecco makes some unusual selections for the tyres.
“I noticed him this morning and I mentioned it one other time, so I’m very completely happy for him.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Staff, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Staff
Picture by: Dorna
Rossi went on to specific how “proud” he was of the efforts the VR46 Academy has made in serving to younger Italian riders turn out to be profitable in grand prix racing.
“Secondly, I’m additionally very happy with the work of the Academy, as a result of we take Pecco from Moto3 and we helped Pecco to succeed in this degree and we’re very, very proud from the Academy,” he added.
“Ultimately, they make investments with their very own palms as a result of it’s essential be a robust rider.
“However we’re very proud to assist him arrive to this degree, and likewise for Italy to win with a Ducati is one thing implausible.”