Ducati rider Bagnaia received 4 races in 2021 on his option to second within the standings, having proved to be world champion Fabio Quartararo’s foremost rival within the title battle.
Although the championship tussle between the pair by no means obtained to a heated stage as Quartararo secured the crown with two races to spare, each riders exuded respect for each other always.
Having crashed out of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and handed the title to Quartararo, Bagnaia was the primary to greet the Yamaha rider in pitlane to congratulate him – and maintained that the Frenchman all the time deserved the championship greater than he did.
Basically, the brand new technology of riders have triggered little or no controversy amongst one another – a far cry from previous rivalries in MotoGP between the likes of Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez, Casey Stoner, Sete Gibernau and Max Biaggi.
When requested by Autosport in an upcoming version of the Tank Slappers podcast if he anticipated his rivalry with Quartararo to be as constructive because it was, Bagnaia mentioned: “I feel that our sport is altering, as a result of years in the past it was not like this.
“And I feel it is a terrific web page of our sport, as a result of respect is all the time the primary factor.
“And greater than ever, I feel, and I really feel that respect is the primary factor.”
Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Group
Photograph by: Ducati Corse
The respect that Bagnaia acquired from his friends additionally prolonged to inside the Ducati storage within the type of teammate Jack Miller.
The Australian mentioned late within the season he would do would he might to assist Bagnaia’s title hopes if he was in a constructive to take action, whereas at Austin he waved the Italian by means of as he charged in the direction of third.
Commenting on the environment within the Ducati storage, Bagnaia added: “I feel we have now created a terrific factor within the field, as a result of the air within the field may be very calm.
“We cooperate lots. And for positive it is one thing that helps lots our work, as a result of typically he tried a special tyre, I attempt one thing completely different and after the session we converse all the time concerning the session.
“I used to be considering Jack was a terrific teammate, as a result of this was already the third 12 months collectively and we all know one another from 2011 and we have now a great relationship.
“We’re two clever riders and I feel it is one of the simplest ways potential to do a greater job.”