We don't want to know what went through Francesco Bagnaia's mind when his Ducati left him stranded at the worst possible moment. Jerez in fact left a bitter, or rather a very bitter taste in the mouth for the Italian rider, who was dreaming of his first podium in the premier class, but instead he had to throw in the towel.
On the one hand, there is the anger, on the other, however, the awareness that this GP20 is finally expressing its potential.
"What can I say, I certainly cannot be angry after such a weekend - he said - there is disappointment, but we all know that I am not here to win the World Championship. I am happy inside of me for the step forward and all this makes me more aware of the situation. Unfortunately, I wasn't impeccable at the start, but I knew I had a similar rhythm to Quartararo. I risked crashing when I passed Jack, then once I passed Vale, I felt I could pull out a gap. Too bad we stopped, at that moment I hoped to get to the end of the race, but there were still six laps left”.
With a better start, do you think you could have fought with Fabio?
“My pace and that of Quartararo were quite similar, then you have to see how much he was pushing or not. I certainly had more than the other two Yamaha guys, Vinales and Rossi. As I said, I worked hard on the pace to find the right rhythm for the entire race distance. Among other things, even in braking I improved and all of this gave me a lot of confidence ".
Did you feel like a real MotoGP rider today?
“At the moment I am focused only on the bike and knowing that I was the first Ducati gave me a big boost. The nice thing is that I felt like a fully-fledged MotoGP rider, one of the strong ones. Now I have to start thinking about Brno, a track that could adapt well to the characteristics of our bike. I like the track and we will see what will happen, even if continuing to follow this direction, we can aspire to the top five or maybe replicate a weekend like this ".
Were you surprised that you did better than the factory Ducatis?
“This weekend was easier than last weekend, personally I am not surprised by my performance. The factory Ducatis suffered a bit here, but I am convinced that they will all be strong in Brno ".
Dovizioso said that at the moment you are the one who brakes the best of all with the Ducati.
"Last year I struggled with the braking, it was one of the aspects that made life more difficult with the Ducati. I worked hard to be strong and this weekend I managed to take a step forward, trying to avoid burning up the rubber on the rear tyre "
Jack Miller: "Quartararo has won twice showing his potential"
It was a disappointing Sunday at Pramac also for Jack Miller, victim of a crash that put him out of the race…
"I'm really sorry for this Sunday - commented the Australian - at some moments of the race I tried to pass the Yamaha, in particular Vinales, but I was struggling. Then there was the crash, where I lost the front and ended up on the ground. "
Jack explains what happened…
"I pushed too hard at the front and ended up on the ground. Today it was really hot at Jerez, much more than last week. I think the temperatures affected the tyres a lot, especially the front. It’s a pity".
He also made a comment about what happened to Bagnaia…
"Personally, I have nothing to reproach the team, since my Ducati was doing well and I did not experience any problems like this, other than the front grip. I was aware of what my potential was, in fact I was hoping for a performance like last weekend, but it didn’t go the way I wanted".
And the winner was once again Quartararo…
“Fabio made all the difference, showing himself to be really strong here at Jerez. He has won twice in a row and this confirms his potential. "