Pecco Bagnaia speaks on the eve of the Malaysian GP, the first match point to establish himself as MotoGP world champion.
Ducati in turmoil waiting for the next stage in Malaysia scheduled in the next few hours. Pecco Bagnaia has appropriated the leadership in the standings after a long season in pursuit. It took 18 Grands Prix to see him at the top with his Desmosedici GP22, succeeding in a sensational feat that deserves to be crowned with the MotoGP title. No one has ever managed to recover 105 points on their direct opponent in the World Championship.
With two races to go, he boasts a 14-point lead over Fabio Quartararo, who is on the wane after his last victory at Sachsenring. At that time the Frenchman from Yamaha was 91 points from the Piedmontese, the championship seemed to have a final foregone by now. Instead, race after race Pecco Bagnaia he has struck four wins and three podiums in the last eight races, in Motegi the only mistake on the last lap, in an attempt to overtake Quartararo and gain some points.
Bagnaia at the first world match point
The overtaking in the standings took place under the eyes of Casey Stoner, who has long been a great sympathizer of Bagnaia, has always remained tied to Ducati colors. His suggestions on trajectories were useful, the intense talks exchanged in the garage at Phillip Island, the exchange of messages and advice on the eve of each race. Fifteen years later, Pecco could repeat that feat that was only successful for the Australian on a Red from Borgo Panigale.
Last effort and maximum concentration, Malaysia is a favorable track for GP22, in theory, with the two long straights. “With this tropical climate, it will be difficult to predict whether it will be dry or humid“Declared the Turin rider of the Lenovo Ducati team. “I will definitely stay calm. On paper, Sepang is a much friendlier track for our bike. We have everything we need to make a good result“.
In case of victory and with Fabio Quartararo down from the podium, for Pecco Bagnaia it would be a mathematical victory. It will not be an easy weekend, his pursuers know they will have to go all out to give this championship final a tug and they will hit the track with a knife in their teeth. “We are now first in the league. We need to stay focused now more than ever. But we will not change our approach – assured the number # 93 of the Ducati –we have to do our job well, as always, to be ready for Sunday’s race“.