Today the doors of the Quirinal Palace in Rome opened for Pecco Bagnaia and the men from Ducati. The President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella wanted to pay tribute to the rider and the company that have brought the MotoGP title back to Italy. An historic result, because it has been 50 years since an Italian rider on an Italian motorcycle won the premier class of the world championship.
Bagnaia was accompanied by his entire team, as well as Ducati's CEO Claudio Domenicali and racing managers Gigi Dall'Igna, Paolo Ciabatti and Davide Tardozzi. Also with them were the President of the Italian National Olympic Committee, Giovanni Malagò, the President of the Italian Motorcycle Federation, Giovanni Copioli, and the Minister for Sport and Youth, Andrea Abodi.
“For us it is a real honour to be received at the Quirinale, both professionally and personally - said Pecco - Winning the MotoGP riders' title as an Italian with an Italian bike makes us very proud. Such important results are achieved together with the team, the rider is alone on the track and to succeed you need a team behind you".
Bagnaia presented Mattarella with a special gift: the helmet he had used at Mugello, with special graphics dedicated to the Frecce Tricolori aerobatics display team.
"It's a great pleasure to receive Pecco Bagnaia to congratulate him - the President greeted him - I think Valentino Rossi is particularly happy to see the success story continue with other protagonists of our motorcycling. This year's success is particularly important, having an Italian champion back on an Italian bike after 50 years is a great satisfaction".
Mattarella was fascinated by the world champion Desmosedici bike and particularly intrigued by the wings on the tail. "What are they for? To have more grip when cornering" Dall'Igna had to reveal one of his secrets, as you can see in the video above.
Photo from quirinale.it.