Dall’Igna warns the Ducati riders: “Don’t bother Bagnaia” – Moto

If Francesco Bagnaia were to win all seven races still scheduled for this 2022 he would close the season with 12 wins. But if Fabio Quartararo managed to finish second and two thirds five times, he would still be able to win the championship with a point of advantage despite three victories, or a fourth compared to those obtained by Bagnaia. A bitter prospect for the rider who grew up in the VR46 riders academy and for the Borgo Panigale manufacturer. In Ducati, the season had been prepared in the best possible way according to the point of view of the leaders of the Emilian manufacturer. Francesco Bagnaia was guaranteed a renewal until 2024 well in advance to allow the world champion in Moto2 in 2018 to focus only on a single goal, the conquest of the world title. The start of the season, however, was even worse than that of 2021 which was already decisive in making the comeback to the sound of victories in the final utopia.

The CEO of Ducati, Claudio Domenicali, stated that technical and organizational errors were made which did not put the official drivers in a position to be effective right from the start. The Ducati GP-22 had some flaws in its youth and for example Enea Bastianini with the ‘old’ GP-21 won three of the first six races. Bagnaia has now reached five victories and is the only one to have brought the GP-22, also entrusted to Jack Miller, Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco, to the top step of the podium.

In the run-up to the world championship Bagnaia will need help from his teammates, who will have to put himself as much as possible between the Piedmontese and Fabio Quartararo from here to Valencia. Ducati Corse General Manager Luigi Dall’Igna was very clear on the subject of ‘masked’ team orders: We can already say that we shouldn’t bother Pecco – his words from today’s edition of The Gazzetta dello Sportit would be stupid if a Ducati rider annoyed him for no reason ”.

During the Austrian Grand Prix the only one swearing Dall’Igna escaped just when Fabio Quartararo managed to pass Jack Miller with a spell in the new chicane. Previously, Jorge Martin had paved the way for El Diablo by going along right there. Dall’Igna’s message is clear: ‘all for Pecco’ the call to arms of the technical genius under Ducati. Missing the Rider title with such an evident superiority in terms of motorcycles would be a crime.


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