MotoGP: Bagnaia savors his title

MotoGP: Bagnaia savors his title

At the end of a Valencia Grand Prix which gave him his second world champion title, Francesco Bagnaia confided his happiness at having defended the number one at the end of a season led masterfully.

Francesco Bagnaia did not crack. At the end of an intense season, the world champion title was decided during the last race, on the Ricardo-Tormo Circuit in Valencia. However, the duel against Jorge Martin ended short, allowing “Pecco” to become the first driver to retain his title since Marc Marquez in 2019 but above all the first to retain number 1 since… Mick Doohan in the mid-1990s. “ I feel good, it’s fantastic, confided the now double world champion after the Valencia Grand Prix. Several times during the season I thought that the only two drivers capable of doing it were Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi, especially in all the races where we were in difficulty. It’s even more so with the number 1 on the bike because finishing in second place in the championship would have been a very bad result. » Indeed, the Italian assures that he could not have been “satisfied with second place in the championship” due to the weight of the plate bearing the number one, which “requires you to demonstrate that you are number one” .

Bagnaia: “We have managed to be ever more competitive”

To his eyes, He and Ducati “did everything perfectly to be considered number one”. However, like last year against Fabio Quartararo, Francesco Bagnaia had to wait until the last race to have the freedom to secure the title of world champion. The Italian assured after the race that he was able to demonstrate that he was number 1 during a second half of the season during which Jorge Martin was able to put him under pressure. “ We were often the fastest but we managed to be always more competitive and faster on Sunday, for the main race, the one which offers the most points “, he confided to the press. If he confides that he and his team can be “proud of last season”, this title in 2023 has even more flavor. “ There was the plate with number one, a lot of mistakes and bad luck and we won the title the same wayadded Francesco Bagnaia. We can therefore take pride in it. » A final race that the now double world champion assures he tackled with less pressure.

Bagnaia: “This year I made the same mistakes”

Assuring that the duel against Jorge Martin was “a totally different situation” from the one against Fabio Quartararo last season, the Italian is pleased to have been able to correct the situation after a delicate sprint this Saturday. “This time, I started the race with a margin of fourteen points, Jorge Martin was very fast yesterday (Saturday) and I think I took a big step forward in my ability to stay calm and handle situations better, he confided before tipping his hat to the Ducati team. “ My team helped me a lot and I think I will continue to understand and learn from my mistakes, added the Italian pilot. Last year, I thought I was ready, I was learning. But, this year, I made the same mistakes during the first two or three races. I think every year is a process of improving myself, we must therefore continue like this, learn and improve each year. » A progression which will be necessary because the competition will be eager to dislodge him from the throne, in particular Marc Marquez who will benefit from a Ducati, the best bike in the field.

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