20 months ago

 - via web

- Story

Bagnaia Wins Fourth Straight MotoGP Race

Santa Monica-Cella, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Pecco Bagnaia continues his charge for the MotoGP championship with his fourth consecutive victory. 

The Ducati Lenovo Team star claimed the win at the Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. It was his sixth win this season. He is the first Ducati racer to claim four wins in a row in MotoGP action.

Pecco Bagnaia wins again. Ducati photo

Pecco Bagnaia wins again. Ducati photo

Bagnaia started fifth on the grid and used an excellent start to move up to first place on the second lap. Pecco held onto the lead but just barely as Enea Bastianini rode his Gresini Racing Ducati across the finish line only 34 thousandths behind the winner.

Thanks to the win, Pecco climbs to second place in the overall standings, 30 points behind Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo.

It was an unlucky race Bagnaia's teammate Jack Miller. The Australian rider started from the pole but crashed on the second lap. Miller still managed to rejoin and finish the race in eighteenth place. After the fourteenth round of the season, Jack is sixth in the overall standings, while Ducati and the Ducati Lenovo Team maintain the lead in both the Constructors' and Teams' Championships.

Bagnaia is now second in the MotoGP standings. Ducati photo

Bagnaia is now second in the MotoGP standings. Ducati photo

"Today was a really tough race," said Bagnaia. "In the first few laps, I didn't have any grip at the front or the rear, and I was afraid to push: I could feel Maverick very close, and I could only brake hard to try to put him in trouble and avoid him overtaking me. When the weight in the tank dropped, the grip improved, and I could pick up the pace and push to the end. We are now 30 points behind Quartararo, but the fight for the Championship remains tough, and we can't afford any mistakes. We have to stay focused and think race by race."

Ducati Corse General Manager lauded Bagnaia's efforts. 
"Once again, Pecco was the author of a beautiful race: he was able to hold his rivals off and not make any mistakes, taking his fourth consecutive victory with Ducati in MotoGP, a result that no other rider had been able to achieve so far. Enea was also excellent, finishing very close to Pecco, and once again, it is nice to see our bikes first and second on the podium. I am very sorry for Jack, who could have done just as well today, but I am sure he will be able to make up for it in the next races, given the excellent form he is currently in. I want to thank all the Ducati Corse guys and girls who made this result possible, especially the Ducatisti who came out to cheer us on at Misano." 

The Ducati Lenovo Team riders return to action for the 15th round of the 2022 season, the Grand Prix of Aragón, at the MotorLand Aragon in Alcañiz (Spain) from 16th-18th September.

You must be logged in to comment
Login now