Francesco Bagnaia won four race in MotoGP 2021 and ended the season as runner-up, 26 points adrift of Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo, who successfully became world champion.
Pecco’s results, as Bagnaia is called, are not bad considering that this year is his debut season as a Ducati first team racer.
He won his first MotoGP win in the Aragon Grand Prix (GP), in a tight battle with the six-time world champion class premier Marc Marquez.
Talking in podcast Autosport ‘Tank Slappers’ Bagnaia says it’s the pinnacle of 2021, while revealing he’s now really starting to enjoy every aspect of the race weekend.
“For me, the win in Aragon was incredible. First win, great fight with Marc (Marquez). I really enjoyed everything. From then on I started to enjoy every session and weekend of my race in the last half of the season,” said Bagnaia.
“So I think I have to try to concentrate and enjoy every moment. And I think that’s Vale’s (Rossi) secret, to enjoy everything every time he races. So, Aragon must have been a pivotal point. I have to always try to be like that.”
Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT, Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing, Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
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Rossi, the winner of nine world championship titles, has ended his career in MotoGP. But he will maintain a presence at paddock 2022 through the VR46 team and a number of their students, one of which is Bagnaia.
Expected to be a title contender next year, Bagnaia hopes Rossi can help him. But he has not directly asked The Doctor, who will start his career in GT racing.
“I think in that situation, he would be very close to me, or a rider who needs Vale’s help,” Pecco said when asked whether to ask Rossi for help if he was in a position to win the championship.
“So he is our mentor and would be happy to help. But it will not be easy because he will carry out his new career and job in auto racing. But for us he will be with us all the time.”
Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT, Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
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