Bagnaia: Quartararo’s Aragon MotoGP crash didn’t change my technique

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Quartararo was eradicated on lap one when he bumped into the again of Marc Marquez after the Honda rider had a small slide exiting Flip 3.

Bagnaia went on to complete second, 0.042 seconds behind Gresini’s Enea Bastianini after an exhilarating duel, to scale back his championship deficit to Quartararo to simply 10 factors with 5 races remaining in 2022.

Understanding the “enormous alternative” Quartararo’s crash supplied Bagnaia, the Ducati rider admits it didn’t alter how he approached the race – whereas including that he wasn’t going to struggle too exhausting in opposition to Bastianini if his future teammate was to return previous on the final lap.

“Sincerely, it didn’t change my technique,” Bagnaia stated of Quartararo’s incident.

“My technique was to set my tempo, lap by lap as a result of at the beginning I used to be feeling that the grip was not the identical because it was in FP4.

“I used to be calm, I used to be simply attempting to be very clean with the fuel after which I simply began to push a bit extra, a bit extra.

“And I used to be realizing that solely Enea on this scenario, as a result of solely Fabio and Enea had the identical tempo in the course of the race, so I used to be already realizing Enea was for certain with me in the course of the race.

“But it surely didn’t change many issues for me. Once I exited from Flip 7 I seemed to the large display and I see he crashed. So, I already knew.

“Right this moment was crucial to not commit any errors, as a result of Fabio was unfortunate and he gave to us an enormous alternative to get well quite a lot of factors.

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Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Staff

Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Photos

“It was crucial within the final lap to complete the race. Once I see and really feel that Enea was too near me, I simply tried to be relaxed, be calm, and I believed that if he overtakes me I can’t take any threat – I’ll simply end the race in one of the simplest ways potential.

“If I noticed some errors, some errors, I’d strive [to overtake] again.

“However he didn’t within the final laps, so lastly I’m pleased with the end result. I gave my greatest as we speak and I feel we did an enormous distinction in comparison with the others as we speak.”

Bagnaia stated after his San Marino GP victory, when he closed the championship result in 30 factors, that he would solely begin to consider the title when he was at the very least 10 behind Quartararo.

Now that eventuality has come to go, Bagnaia says he’ll now think about himself a challenger – however will nonetheless strive to not dwell on this a lot.

“For certain now it’s extra clear that we’re shut,” he stated.

“10 factors is the bottom distance I ever had [to a championship leader] from the beginning of a season.

“So, for certain I’ll strive to consider the championship, however not a lot. I’ll suppose nearly my work, I do know that in Japan it is not going to be simple.

“We could have much less time to check our bike, to enhance our bike, and we all know we’d like extra time to be ready in comparison with different bikes.

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“However I’m fairly certain we may be very aggressive and I’ll attempt to work like we’re doing and finishes the races how we already know.”

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