Ducati occupies the second position in the constructors ‘standings, with 17 points behind Yamaha, while in the riders’ standings, in the first four positions we find three of the Borgo Panigale standard bearers: the Pramac standard bearer Johann Zarco and the two officers Pecco Bagnaia and Jack Miller. At the start of the summer break, the Frenchman is the closest to Quartararo in the overall, despite having 34 points behind. Bagnaia, on the other hand, is third but 47 points behind the Yamaha leader.
Pecco started the 2021 season in great shape, scoring three podiums in the first four races, but slipped at Mugello when he was leading and stayed out of the top four in the Barcelona, Sachsenring and Assen races. However, the Italian’s form is a big improvement over the first two seasons and he currently has 109 points, far more than he scored in the difficult 2019 and 2020 seasons combined.
This aspect satisfies the Piedmontese, who has closed the first nine races of 2021, but at the same time recognizes that the hopes of fighting for the title are pinned on the steps forward that Ducati must make on the bike in the second half of the season. Reflecting on his year so far, Bagnaia says: “I am happy, but we need to take some steps forward if we want to fight for the title or at least have the opportunity to do so. We need to improve. I have to improve as a rider and the bike must do it too, like the best. So we have a lot of work to do ”.
“I will work a lot during the summer break to be prepared, to be more ready in Austria and I would like to talk a lot with the team to find something to help us, because at the moment Fabio Quartararo and Yamaha are a step ahead of us”.
On a day of testing in Barcelona last week, his teammate Jack Miller told Motorsport.com that he heard that the double win in 2021 and Bagnaia’s consistency proved Ducati’s good decision. who has chosen to promote both to the official team for this year.