Ducati confirmed at the Red Bull Ring that it could be the host of the MotoGP World Championship, even if the icing on the cake is still missing. The Constructors title is no longer enough, even if this is Gigi Dall’Igna’s third consecutive success. Pecco Bagnaia wants to get his hands on the drivers’ championship but has to fill in a 44-point gap, which he earned due to errors, technical issues and some unfortunate episodes that marked the first part of the season. Like in Barcelona, where Taka Nakagami initially landed him and hit him from behind. These are racing episodes, but the incidents of Sachsenring and Le Mans cannot be justified.
Bagnaia’s victory at Zeltweg
In 13 races, factory Borgo Panigale has claimed 8 wins, 10 pole positions and 19 podiums, overtaking Aprilia in the team standings after Pecco’s victory in Austria. But he’s chasing Fabio Quartararo at -44 and Alex Espargari at -12, when there are seven rounds left until the end of the exciting MotoGP World Championships. “He’s a serial winner, when he starts winning races, he wins a lot – said the general manager of Ducati Corse after the victory over Zeltweg -. I have to congratulate him, it wasn’t easy, the soft front tire was the safest but not the most performant and it handled well“.
With fairly low temperatures and the imminent threat of rain, the Piedmontese racer adopted a soft front as a safety issue. The final laps were complicated, so much so that he risked falling into the hands of Fabio Quartararo, who is able to come back well despite the difficult terrain of the Red Bull Circuit and the usual problems on a Yamaha YZR-M1.
Ducati and MotoGP meditation
Ducati’s strength also lies in its ability to set eight Desmosedici GPs, allowing points to be collected continuously. But the magic of this red wave lies in the ability to set up eight competitive bikes and meet the setup required by each individual rider. To get an idea of Ducati’s firepower, just look at the performance of the other satellite teams (LCR, Tech3, RNF), who are clearly breathing compared to the various Bastianini, Martin, Zarco, Marini and Bezzecchi.
It remains the Achilles heel, rating the drivers. Against Fabio Quartararo, we must not make mistakes and Pico Bagnaia has made a lot so far, the next one could be fatal. It is forbidden to make mistakes from here to Valencia, the recovery is already complicated and cannot allow itself to slow down any further. The fact that makes us think is that the Ducati runner-up was only on the podium as a MotoGP season winner. A clear sign that the perfect balance has not yet been achieved.
David Tardozzi does not rule out team orders On upcoming dates, Gigi Daligna is leaning toward a more cameo strategy: “I believe that we can not only rely on our own strength, but we will need to create a certain situation‘, the Venetian strategist told La Gazzetta dello Sport.Looking at our house, we will have to do things in the best possible way … We can already say that Pecco should not bother him, it would be stupid for a Ducati rider to bother him for no reason“.