Team orders yes or team orders no. This has been a very hot topic since Pecco Bagnaia began his overbearing comeback against Fabio Quartararo, which brought him only two points from winning the title when only the final appointment of the MotoGP 2022 is missing, which is will play in two weeks in Valencia.
In this historic moment, Ducati is the best bike on the starting grid and this is a fact that doesn’t need too much discussion. The fact that there are eight Desmosedici GPs on the track has created a constant presence of the bikes of the Borgo Panigale brand at the top, with the rivals who have spoken several times of an unequal challenge, in which the Piedmontese rider could have enjoyed the help of the other Red drivers.
It was discussed at Misano, despite Enea Bastianini trying to take the victory away from Pecco until the last meter. The success at Aragon of the Gresini Racing rider, who had matured right on the last lap against Bagnaia, had calmed things down a bit. In Thailand, however, Johann Zarco admitted that he had an eye on the world leader, avoiding a too risky attack in the final stages of the race. He said that he had lit the fuse again.
Today in Sepang another duel was reached between Bagnaia and Bastianini, which was resolved in favor of the former, but during the race there was a bit of agitation on the Ducati wall when “Bestia” was in command, who on his the table also saw the inscription “Bagnaia”. After the race, Bastianini assured that he had run freely, with the sole indication of avoiding risky maneuvers, but being himself aware of not having to do rash things.
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
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A version of the facts that was also confirmed by Davide Tardozzi, team manager of the official Ducati team, who spoke to the microphones of Sky Sport MotoGP HD after the race.
“We continue to tell the Ducati riders not to overtake risky. Then it is also right to tell them that there is another Ducati rider behind them. Among other things, Fabio was also coming up, to whom we must congratulate, because he has made a great race, as a champion “, said Tardozzi, after explaining that the name Bagnaia on the table was nothing more than a normal indication of the position.
Tardozzi then gave a reading of the times to the hand of the duel between the two ducatisti, explaining that it is evident that Bastianini was able to exploit the hook that had been offered to him by Bagnaia, but that he himself realized that something was missing. if he was to be the one to dictate the pace.
“The key to removing any doubts is that Enea, who is playing for third place in the World Championship with Aleix Espargaro, clearly needs points. At that moment he had some, he managed to pass Pecco and did three laps in front, but slowing down. Look at the times that Enea did when he was in front and the times he did when he was behind Pecco. In the lead he had a 2’01 “1, then when he got back he did again 2’00” 6: he you have, this time you do it even when you are in front “, argued the manager from Romagna.
The closing was then dedicated to all those who continue to insist on the alleged strategies: “Enea has had a great race, he will be a title contender next year, but let’s stop saying that Ducati is dying the results. the only thing we say is not to do risky things. Period. We should also start believing what the drivers say “, he concluded.
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