Seven wins out of 12 races, rain of pole positions, podium finishes and monopolized front rows: the Ducati is literally dominating the 2022 MotoGP season, yet Francesco Bagnaia, the best Ducati rider in the standings, pays 49 points to the leader and reigning champion Fabio Quartararo, who has won one race less (three) than the rider’s four wins raised in the VR46 riders academy.
How is this possible? Bagnaia made mistakes – three crashes in the race of the 2018 Moto2 world champion – and he was unlucky in Barcelona when at the start he was hit by Takaaki Nakagami, but according to Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali, the Emilian manufacturer also committed some mistakes early in the season when the GP-22 highlighted too many sins of youth.
“We have not put our factory drivers in the best conditions, we made some technical and organizational mistakes in preparing for the championship which now forces us to make a furious run-up. On the other hand, we win and lose all together “the words of the CEO of Ducati interviewed by The Corriere della Sera.
Obviously there is no shortage of compliments to the opponents who for now are ahead of the Ducati riders in the standings: “The ranking is always true. If our opponents are in front it is because they have been better. Yamaha and Aprilia are certainly not bad bikes. And their pilots were less wrong“the judgment of Domenicali who stressed that he continues to believe in the comeback in this 2022. With eight races still to be played, Bagnaia and Bastianini actually have plenty of time to recover given that at the moment Quartararo’s technical condition places El Diablo in a situation of evident disadvantage as evidenced by the last stages where one can only regret the fall of Assen, an error that could prove decisive in the defense of the world crown.