Valentino Rossi will leave MotoGP at the end of the 2021 season. After tasting nine world championship titles and achieving many records, The Doctor will retire.
Although retired, Valentino Rossi has a lot of heritage in the MotoGP event. Yes, in MotoGP 2021 alone, there are already three riders under the VR46 academy: Franco Morbidelli, Pecco Bagnaia, and Luca Marini.
Plus starting MotoGP 2022, Valentino Rossi will also feature his racing team. Now the problem is whether the names of racers like Pecco Bagnaia who inherit the figure of Valentino Rossi?
In an interview, Pecco Bagnaia emphasized that it is very difficult to imitate what Valentino Rossi has done in the MotoGP event.
“I’m not the heir, because I don’t think it’s possible to do what he did,” said Pecco Bagnaia.
“It will be difficult without him because we are always with him, but he is doing the right thing for himself,” continued the 2018 Moto2 world champion.
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It’s hard to catch up with Fabio Quartararo
So far, Pecco Bagnaia is the best VR46 academy rider in the 2021 MotoGP event. He occupies the fourth position in the drivers’ standings but with a difference of 70 points from Fabio Quartararo who occupies the first position.
Asked about the chance to catch up with Fabio Quartararo, Pecco Bagnaia said it would be very difficult unless the rest of the 2021 MotoGP race was interrupted by rain.
“If it rains in all the races from now to the end, it’s not bad, because I have a better chance of getting a good result than Quartararo,” said Pecco Bagnaia.
“He’s doing well, he’s the strongest this year and I want to compete with him,” he added.
Can’t get advice from Rossi
Previously, Pecco Bagnaia said that he did not get any advice from Valentino Rossi when he was still chasing his first victory in MotoGP 2021.
“He (Valentino Rossi) didn’t give me any advice. I think victory should come without advice,” said Pecco Bagnaia.
“The only thing you think about during a race is to go as fast as you can, so I think it’s very difficult to advise anyone on how to win.”
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The Mystery of Tire Performance in the British MotoGP Race: Fabio Quartararo, Joan Miro, and Pecco Bagnaia Use the Same Tire Compound but Different Final Results
A mystery related to tire performance occurred in the British MotoGP race at the Silverstone Circuit, England last Sunday (31/08/2021).
Yes, the three drivers who are competing to become the 2021 MotoGP world champion: Fabio Quartararo, Joan Miro, and Pecco Bagnaia both use a combination of soft tires for the front and medium tires for the rear.
But even though all use the same compound, the performance of the three is inversely proportional. As is known, Fabio Quartararo is very dominant to win the British MotoGP race.
Meanwhile, Joan Mir and Pecco Bagnaia are the opposite. Both were involved in the competition to enter the podium but in the end, slipped at the end of the race.
Pecco Bagnaia only finished 14th, while Joan Mir was ninth. The mystery of this tire’s performance is even more intense if we look at the lap times of Fabio Quartararo, Joan Miro, and Pecco Bagnaia at the end of the race.
The Mystery of Tire Performance
Pecco Bagnaia’s recap of the time in the British MotoGP shows the factory Ducati rider was very weak in the last five laps. Had 2 minutes 2 seconds on lap 16 then continued down to 2 minutes 3 seconds on the last four laps.
This explains how he struggled with tire wear on his motorbike and had to drop to 14th position. Joan Mir’s data is not much different.
The difference is that the performance of the 2020 MotoGP world champion only dropped in the last four laps with a time range of 2 minutes 2 seconds to 2 minutes 3 seconds.
So what about Fabio Quartararo who is a race winner? Looking at the record time per lap data, the Yamaha factory racer was so stable at 2 minutes 1 second in the last seven laps.
How can a racer who uses the same tire compound show different performance on the track?
Joan Mir and Pecco Bagnaia Confused
regarding the above, Joan Mir and Pecco Bagnaia were both confused as to why the motorcycle’s performance dropped so much at the end of the race. Interestingly, both have similar comments: a decrease in performance due to problems in the front tires.
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I was in a good position for the second half of the race,” explained Joan Mir.
We’ll have to see what the problem is. I don’t understand,” continued the Spaniard.
Pecco Bagnaia himself said it was important for him to talk directly with Michelin as the sole tire supplier in the MotoGP event about the problems in the British MotoGP.
“Something didn’t work out. I felt strong throughout the weekend. Even when using old tires in free practice,” said Bagnaia.
“Then during the race, I was three seconds slower per lap. I don’t know what happened. We have to talk to Michelin and see the data,” he added.