Pecco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini will finally be the Ducati duo again at Mugello. The two riders already got a chance to share the garage a few weeks ago at Mugello, where they trained together on the Panigale V4 to test their physical conditions. The World Champion had fractured his right ankle at Le Mans, but that didn’t prevent him from continuing his training. Instead, Bastianini’s injury in Portimao was more serious: a fractured scapula kept him away from the races until this weekend.
Now everything is back to normal, and the two riders are preparing for the most important Grand Prix of the year. The one that Pecco won last year and from which he’s coming as leader of the rankings.
“Racing at Mugello in front of our fans is always a great thrill, and I can’t wait to get on the track! My ankle is fine and shouldn’t bother me,” Bagnaia said reassuringly. “I did a test with Enea a few weeks ago at Mugello with the Panigale V4 S and, before then, I also rode in Misano without any problem. It’ll be an important weekend for us and certainly the spectators will give us extra motivation to do well in our home Grand Prix.”
Instead, Enea’s situation is more complicated. He’ll have to pay for the long period spent away from his Desmosedici. The Beast really wants to return, but he’s also aware that it’ll take some time to get back on the track.
“I really like the Mugello circuit a lot,” he said. “I didn’t get great results in the past, so my goal is to be able to do it this year. Surely, after all these weeks at a standstill, it won’t be easy. I rode a few weeks ago with the Panigale V4 S, and I felt good, but it’ll definitely be something else with the Desmosedici GP. Either way, I’m motivated. It’s our home race, so I hope I can do well.”