Pecco Bagnaia Takes a Step Towards Retaining MotoGP Title
With three laps remaining in the Qatar GP, the 2023 MotoGP title was on the verge of being decided in favor of Jorge Martín. This is how he described the situation at turn 1 of the Losail circuit.
Pecco Bagnaia, the Italian Ducati Lenovo Team rider, made a significant move in the long race of the 2023 MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix to secure his chances of retaining the title. He finished second, while his closest rival Jorge Martín encountered tire problems and finished tenth.
As captured by the DAZN camera on Saturday at the Losail circuit, Bagnaia’s serious expression transformed into a knowing smile. He was well aware that he was now much closer to becoming champion again at the Valencia GP.
Pecco Bagnaia Reflects on the Incident with Fabio Di Giannantonio
During the 2023 MotoGP Qatar GP, Jorge Martín’s tire situation played a crucial role in favor of Pecco Bagnaia. The reigning world champion had the title within reach but faced a situation with Fabio Di Giannantonio that could have cost him the championship.
Speaking on DAZN, Bagnaia described Sunday’s race in Losail, stating, “My mentality was to win, and the pace was set for what awaited me yesterday, but I didn’t have the opportunity to do it.”
“I’m very happy. I tried everything to win. The only mistake I made was getting too close in the slipstream, which caused me to almost collide with Di Gia when I started braking,” Bagnaia explained.
Pecco Bagnaia’s Message on Jorge Martín’s Tire Problems
The tires have become a focal point in the final stages of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship. While Bagnaia fell victim to tire issues in the sprint race, it was Martín’s turn in the long test.
“Today, what happened yesterday was very strange. I didn’t expect it. Everything was going perfectly throughout the weekend, but yesterday afternoon nothing worked,” said Bagnaia, representing the Ducati Lenovo Team.
“I couldn’t brake, I couldn’t enter the curves, and I felt nervous when I tried to accelerate. However, today was completely different. I managed the rear tires much better,” he added.
Pecco Bagnaia’s Humorous Take on Winning the Title
Becoming a MotoGP world champion is the ultimate aspiration for any motorcycle racer, and Pecco Bagnaia has the opportunity to defend his title at the 2023 Valencia GP, provided Jorge Martín doesn’t significantly reduce the point gap.
“If I become champion on Saturday, I’m not going to race on Sunday,” Bagnaia jokingly remarked. “But it would be very, very strange. We’ve seen similar situations happen before, like with Bautista in Superbikes, so you never know,” he added.
“Jorge is turning very fast lately, especially during the Sprint Races. We’ll have to improve on Saturday afternoon. We’ll give it our all because we’ve been doing a great job, and we need to finish it,” Bagnaia concluded.