Bastianini, the manager calls Ducati: “Now we want a bonus”

Enea Bastianini and Aleix Espargarò are playing for third place in Valencia. Manager Carlo Pernat beats cash with Ducati.

Enea Bastianini (LaPresse)
Enea Bastianini – Motori.News

The match in Malaysia gave another close match between Pecco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini, leaving a foretaste of what the next MotoGP season will be, with the two compatriots sharing the same Ducati factory box. At Borgo Panigale they will have a lot of work to do in keeping tensions at bay, but in this championship final the focus is only on the drivers’ world title.

Ducati is heading towards the ‘treble’, in technical jargon Triple Crown, after having already secured the Constructors’ and Team World Championships. In Valencia Pecco Bagnaia will only have to win two points to establish himself as the new world champion, but how much anxiety in the twenty laps of the Sepang GP, where the 24-year-old from Romagna remained glued to him until the end, even putting himself in front for three laps. In the end he would have liked to overtake, but some traction problems and the fear of making a serious mistake made the Gresini rider give up.

Bastianini in Valencia to make cash

Pecco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini (Ansa)
Pecco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini – Motori.News

The ‘Bestia’ earned 20 very valuable points in Sepang and significantly reduced the distance from third in the standings Aleix Espargarò. Only one point divides the two contenders for the world championship podium, there are monetary bonuses of a certain thickness at stake. Carlo Pernat he has never made any secret of the economic implications, after all we race for glory, but that of the pilot is also a job that deserves to be paid and well.

Enea Bastianini has already collected four victories in this 2022 championship and has earned promotion to the official Ducati team for the next two years. Although the company’s priority is to win the Drivers’ World Championship, she has never discounted Pecco Bagnaia. Or maybe yes, avoiding groped overtaking on the last lap of the Malaysian GP. “In a normal situation, Enea would have tried to overtake on the last lap – explains the manager Carlo Pernat to Speedweek.com -. Maybe it would have caused disaster, I don’t know. But he didn’t take that risk. This is why we are now asking Ducati for a bonus for third place in the World Championship, even if [Enea] will be fourth“.

For Bastianini, there is a nice stack of money at stake between sponsors and contract bonuses with Ducati, everything will be decided on Valencia, in a direct confrontation with Aleix Espargarò. “Now it’s about money. In any case, Ducati should guarantee us the money for third place in the World Championship. Because the difference is considerable compared to the bonus for 4th place… Enea took Bagnaia into consideration here at the finish line, [rischiamo di] lose a lot of money“.

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