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MotoGP, Bagnaia: "I asked them to 'weld' my Ducati, I don't want any changes"

"I know that I can make the difference. In qualifying we will amaze you: we can lap in 1'52". Nice climate in the garage, Miller complimented me "

MotoGP: Bagnaia: "I asked them to 'weld' my Ducati, I don't want any changes"


At the end of the tests Pecco Bagnaia said he wanted to and had to improve his performance on the flying lap. All said and done, because today in Qatar he was second only to team mate Miller. Ducati flexed its muscles on one of the tracks that suits it best and according to the Italian there are no weak points, indeed with the Yamaha the fight is particularly well-balanced.

“We have a very fast bike on this track, even in the driven sections - he explained - We have an advantage on the straight and we lose in T3 over them and vice versa. That said, I know that it is a good advantage to be able to make up a tenth and a half on the straight ”.

If the tests had already shown that the red bikes were in good shape, today came the confirmation…

“What I was hoping and expecting was to have the same sensations also on the race weekend and I feel even better - he continued - I had time to think and I felt good right away. Only with the medium tyre on the front did we struggle, Zarco and Miller went down in FP1 and I ended up in the gravel to save myself from crashing. However, it's not a problem, because we won't be using that tyre on Sunday ”.

The question is whether by now, after five days of testing and one of practice, they have not reached the limit…

"Believe me, tomorrow you will be amazed by the speed in Q2, if conditions are good we could lap in 1’52" for the first time. And I'm not just talking about the Ducatis - he declared - Today it wasn't important to be first, but I'm very happy because I managed to lap in 1’53.4 on my first flying lap, usually at the first attempt I was six tenths slower. I was improving in the second, but they showed the yellow flag ”.

Bagnaia is also happy with the relationship with Miller…

“Having a fast teammate makes the difference, because we push each other. In the tests he was stronger on the flying lap but we had a similar pace and even today he managed to screw me over. The nice thing is the climate in the garage, at the end of the session he came to me and told me that he had seen my lap and that he realized that I was having fun - he revealed - I am happy to have found an atmosphere that I wanted and I needed, there is so much tranquillity ".

Now it’s just a case of not losing his way and Bagnaia has a plan…

"I asked the guys to weld my bike - he joked - I don't want to touch anything in the next few days, because I feel good and I know that it’s me who can make more of a difference rather than some changes".


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