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MotoGP, Bagnaia: "I ride the Ducati in a different way to the others, but it works"

"The experience and the difficulties encountered in the past with Mahindra gave me motivation", Morbidelli: "At the beginning of the season I struggled, but overcoming problems is the story of my life"

MotoGP: Bagnaia: "I ride the Ducati in a different way to the others, but it works"


It is the Thursday press conference that raises the curtain on the Jerez weekend. MotoGP is back in action in Spain and as a result expectation is high to see everyone in action. All eyes are obviously focussed on Marc Marquez: "Here the situation is a bit more relaxed - began the #93 - there was a lot of anticipation at Portimao, while Jerez is a slightly more traditional race weekend. Physically I feel good, although during these weeks I have tried to remain stable on the physical side. In fact, I have no particular expectations, as my biggest limit at the moment is me and not the bike. However, I have been training during these weeks, despite my body asking for relaxation. In fact, I took several antibiotics, even though I know it takes time to recover ”.

In Spain, one of the main contenders for the victory is undoubtedly Pecco Bagnaia: "We are going to aim for the podium - commented the Italian rider - I know I can be competitive and I have everything I need to have a great weekend and try to win".

The focus then turned to his riding style, appreciated by several riders such as Spies: “I am pleased to read these comments - he continued - last year I started riding the Ducati with a different style than the other riders, but I found the confidence and speed. At the same time I would like to underline that it was difficult to accept the second half of 2020, as I was struggling and didn’t understand why”.

However, Pecco did not give up: "Working with the Academy guys during the winter gave me a lot of motivation, just like what happened in the past with Mahindra. That experience also gave me extra motivation to improve and do well. Once I adapt to the bike, I then focus on my riding style, which is similar to what I had in Moto2 and Moto3. In Losail, just to give an example, I worked on the tyres, while in Portimao I found a lot of confidence in braking and acceleration, especially in the slow corners and what I did seems to work”.

Pecco mentioned VR46, which can also boast Franco Morbidelli among its riders: “It is undoubtedly important to be back fighting with the best - Franco said - unfortunately it was not easy to start the season, but overcoming difficulties is part of the story of my life, as I've been through a lot. Valentino? You realize that there is a special aura around him and you can feel it in the box. He is also someone who yells a lot and it certainly does not go unnoticed (he smiles) when he talks to technicians and mechanics ”.

Fabio Quartararo was also present at the conference: "I will tackle this weekend with the usual approach - he said - I won in Portimao, but it is pointless to think about last year's victory, since we saw what happened to Oliveira in Portimao . Personally I feel good, I know I can be strong and fast here too, but first of all I will remain calm. Last year I was a bit lost mentally, while now the situation is different ".

Finally, it was the turn of Joan Mir: “To tell the truth, I don't know why I have never managed to win at Jerez - he said - I like the track, since I've always been competitive here. It won't be easy to make a difference, but I'll try to fight for the podium ”.


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