Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia wins four race throughout 2021 to take him to second place in the MotoGP standings. He has proven to be a major rival to world champion Fabio Quartararo in the title race.
Even though the championship fight between the two rider never really got to the point where Quartararo secured the title with two races to go, they always showed respect for each other.
After being eliminated from the title competition due to crash in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix (GP), which ensured the title of the rival, Bagnaia was the first to welcome rider Yamaha is in pit lane to give congratulations.
He also stated that Quartararo deserved the title more than he did, referring to his overall performance since the start of the 2021 MotoGP season, where Bagnaia was late in the heat.
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing, Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
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As is well known, the new generation of racers has not created much controversy, far from the rivalry in the past between rider such as Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner, Max Biaggi, Sete Gibernau to Marc Marquez.
Or as seen in the 2021 Formula 1 (F1) season which was filled with feuds and drama that occurred between Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) throughout the championship.
When asked by Motorsport.com – in the latest issue of the ‘Tank Slappers’ podcast – whether he expected the rivalry with Quartararo to be as positive as the 2021 season, Bagnaia gave a wise answer.
“I think our sport is changing, because years ago it wasn’t like this. And I think that’s a good page for our sport, because respect is always the main thing,” Pecco said.
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
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“And more than ever, I think and feel that respect is the most important thing,” the 2018 Moto2 world champion added.
The respect also extends into the Ducati garage with Jack Miller. Rider The Australian said, at the end of the season, he would help Pecco Bagnaia to the title and that was evident in several races.
“I think we’ve created a great thing in the garage, because the atmosphere is very calm. We work together a lot. And for sure it really helps our work. For example, we sometimes try something different and after the session we will discuss it.
“Jack is a great team-mate. We have been together for three seasons and have known each other since 2011. We have a good relationship. We are two smart drivers and I think that helps us to do well.”