The name of the Ducati racer, Pecco Bagnaia suddenly rose to the surface in the middle of MotoGP 2021. In the last three races, he always won the pole position.
A total of the last three races, Pecco Bagnaia tasted two victories and once climbed the third podium. If only he had done it at the start of the season, maybe Valentino Rossi’s protege could compete more closely with Fabio Quartararo to become the 2021 MotoGP world champion.
But if you look further back, Pecco Bagnaia had difficulty conquering the Ducati Desmosedici motorcycle. The fact that he is now very competitive, indicates that the 2018 Moto2 world champion has experienced significant development.
Pecco Bagnaia also said that he had to go up and down in order to be competitive on the Ducati Desmosedici motorbike. Because the racing style of the 24-year-old racer does not match the Desmosedici.
“When I started riding a Ducati I always crashed, the feeling was never very good. I tried to push, but my driving style didn’t match the Ducati,” said Pecco Bagnaia.
“Because I always go at high cornering speeds in Moto2. In the Moto2 class I also can’t brake too hard, because the rear wheel always slips,” he added.
What’s the Key?
So what makes Pecco Bagnaia, who had strengthened the Ducati satellite team, Pramac in 2019-2020 and rose to strengthen the factory team in MotoGP 2021, usually very fast at this time?
“This year I slightly changed my approach to the bike. I feel very familiar with this bike. I adapted well to the brake system and now I can stop the bike very well. I feel great,” Pecco Bagnaia revealed.
Our bike is not that fast in the middle of the corners.”
“But we did a good job this year and now the bike is more suited to it.”
Valentino Rossi compliments
Seeing Pecco Bagnaia very competitive with Ducati, made the teacher, Valentino Rossi also give praise.
According to him, it has been a long time since he has seen a racer who can beat a Ducati motorcycle like Pecco Bagnaia did.
“Pecco is very impressive, he is in very good condition. It is very nice to see him riding a Ducati motorcycle,” said Valentino Rossi.
It’s been a long time since the Ducati didn’t look like this. I’m very happy for him,” he added.
Read Also :
The Hot Tension of the 2021 MotoGP World Champion Competition, Fabio Quartararo and Pecco Bagnaia Are Both Optimistic Towards Racing in Austin
MotoGP 2021 only has four series left. It is undeniable, towards the United States MotoGP series at the COTA Circuit, Austin, the tension of the competition to become world champion is heating up.
Towards the US MotoGP, Fabio Quartararo is still 48 points ahead of Pecco Bagnaia in second place. The difference of 48 points is large, especially if you look at the number of series remaining with only four rounds.
But Fabio Quartararo had to be extra vigilant, because Pecco Bagnaia was so on fire. Proven through two consecutive wins in the last two series.
Now looking at the US MotoGP, Pecco Bagnaia is also very optimistic that he can be competitive again even though the Ducati Desmosedici often struggles in Austin.
I think our bike is more suitable in all conditions in all track situations,” said Pecco Bagnaia.
“We need the opportunity to stay in front so we have to be competitive.”
Fabio Quartararo Also Aims for Competitive Results
In the last race, when Pecco Bagnaia finished first in the San Marino MotoGP, Fabio Quartararo also performed well. He managed to secure the second position.
Fabio Quartararo also indicated that his strategy in the US MotoGP is more or less the same as at the Misano Circuit, namely securing the best results he can achieve.
I’m not going to be too desperate (because I’m already quite far ahead of Pecco),” said Fabio Quartararo.
“But if I have the chance to get a result like Misano or even better, I will do it.”