After the first two extra-European races held in Qatar, the MotoGP lands in Europe for the third round of the season on the Portuguese track in Portimão. Among the role players of the first two race weekends, there was also Pecco Bagnaia, with his pole position in the first race and now fourth in the general rankings. Last year, in Portugal, Bagnaia was forced to give up after a few laps due to a contact at the first corner, but he'll try to make up for it this weekend.
“This almost two-week break has helped a lot, and now I’m ready for the first GP in Europe,” Bagnaia said. “Portimão is a truly unique track. I struggled a lot here last year, but it was a complicated moment of the season for me. This year, I’ll face the Portuguese Grand Prix with a different attitude. In the last two races in Qatar, my sensations with the Desmosedici GP were really good, and this makes me confident. I’m sure I have all the that I need to battle it out for another good result on Sunday.”
In Ducati, we have to also keep an eye on Jack Miller, recently operated for compartment syndrome in his right forearm. The Australian rider aims to return to Portimão to fight for a good result after he ended up on the second step of the podium last year, assuring Ducati the second constructors title in the MotoGP. Jack has been working these days to be able to recover in time for the Portuguese GP and, on Thursday afternoon, he’ll have a check-up to get the doctor’s okay to be able to participate in the Grand Prix.
“After surgery for my right forearm, I started the rehab program right away, and everything is going as planned,” he said. “I really like the Portimão track, and I have really good memories of last year’s race, where I managed to finish second after an exciting battle with Morbidelli. Unfortunately, I won’t be at my physical best this year but, as always, I’ll try to do my best to bring home the best possible result.”