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MotoGP, Dall'Igna: "Ducati protagonists in Portugal, even with a negative slant"

“Enea's second place counts as a win, but regret for the incident between Bagnaia and Marquez. We didn't find the right balance with Pecco and this was confirmed in the worst possible way."

MotoGP: Dall'Igna:

Looking at the podium of the Portuguese GP, with Jorge Martin winning ahead of Enea Bastianini, one would think of another Sunday of celebration for Ducati. However, not everything was rosy for the Bologna-based manufacturer, which on Sunday at the Algarve found itself having to deal with a Clash between the two Titans Francesco Bagnaia and Marc Marquez. A dizzying finale, which partially ruined the celebration of the men in Red, as Gigi Dall'Igna, General Manager of Ducati Corse, also recognized in his usual post-Round analysis.

Gigi Dall'Igna's analysis


“We can certainly say we’re always protagonists… in every respect: in a positive way, but today also with a negative slant, in a race that concentrated all the emotions in the last two laps,” observed the engineer from the Veneto, beginning his evaluation with the positive aspects that emerged from the weekend.

Without a doubt the determination and stubbornness with which Jorge Martin carved out a place on the podium in both Portuguese races, but also the revenge obtained by Enea Bastianini on the track where he compromised a good part of his season last year.

“A tenacious and combative Jorge made a tough and difficult challenge his own: a contest with many unknowns, handled and concluded with endurance, concentration and stubbornness, without ever giving up. A well-deserved reward for his perseverance shown in the GP and indeed throughout the weekend – commented Dall’Igna - Ducati also gained second place on the podium with Enea: grit and determination for a very worthwhile result. Today it was most important for him to be up there at the front, he needed it, even more so being on a track that he felt his own. We are at the beginning of the season and, without any doubt, this second place counts as a win.”

The weekend experienced by Bagnaia was much less positive, as he was unable to achieve the magic that allowed him to leave Lusail as a winner.

“Very regrettable was the incident involving Pecco and Marc, which denied both the chance of scoring important points for the championship standings, in a complex race in which they were unable to vie for victory. In all honesty, any other comments would be utterly superfluous – admitted the Ducati boss - This was a difficult weekend for Pecco, one in which we could not find the right balance, unlike the way we were able to do on other occasions, although in the sprint race everything seemed to be going well until the mistake that cost him the victory. An uncertain feeling, a constant struggle, all this finally confirmed in the worst possible way. We will have to understand why and immediately find the solution, without alarmism: this is what counts in the end.”

Even more than the round in Qatar, the event in Portugal demonstrated to Ducati that this year it will be fundamental to be able to attack without revealing your flank to your rivals.

“In any case... never let our guard down! This seems to be the leitmotif of the season’s beginning: we have already seen and said it all, but it always serves to remind ourselves of how much everyone has improved, how numerous and fearsome our opponents are, even the younger ones, with their enthusiasm, talent and speed, enterprising and totally lacking any reverential fear – concluded Dall’Igna – It will be a long and exciting Championship, all to be experienced together with our fans, race after cliffhanging race.”


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