Pecco Bagnaia had left for the holidays in the best possible way, with a victory. At Assen he took his third win of the season and was able to reduce the gap from Quartararo, even if the path ahead is still long, with 66 points to make up in the last 9 races.
Now Silverstone awaits him, a track where Ducati has shone only once, in 2017 when Andrea Dovizioso took the Desmosedici to the top step of the podium. The challenge is therefore a difficult one, but the rider from Piedmont knows how to face it.
"I'm thrilled to be back on track this weekend, finally - said Pecco after the summer break – We finished the first part of the season with a win, and at that point, my feeling with the Desmosedici GP was perfect, so I hope I can pick up where we left off.”
Bagnaia hasn’t exactly been idle in this month.
“During the break, I did a lot of training with my Panigale V4S, and I also won the Lenovo Race of Champions at WDW, but now it's back to business! Last year I was fast at Silverstone but had some difficulties in the race. I hope I can do well this weekend. It will be important for me to get off on the right foot and not make any more mistakes in this second part of the Championship".
Jack Miller will start the last part of his career in red, before joining KTM at the end of the season.
"It was a good summer break: I went back to Australia for a few weeks and had a great time at the World Ducati Week! – he said about the summer break – Now I want to get back on the Desmosedici GP, and I'm happy to start the second part of the Championship at Silverstone: racing in a country where people speak the same language as me makes me feel at home! Last year we were quite competitive, and we came close to the podium: I hope to find the same sensations again this year and fight for the top positions on Sunday".