Subscribe

Sign up for free

  • Get quick access to your favorite articles

  • Manage alerts on breaking news and favorite drivers

  • Make your voice heard with article commenting.

Motorsport prime

Discover premium content
Subscribe

Edition

Australia

Bagnaia ‘won’t go crazy’ if faced with Bastianini battle in Aragon MotoGP

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia says he ‘won’t go crazy’ if he is faced with a repeat of his Misano tussle with Enea Bastianini in Sunday’s MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix.

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team, Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing MotoGP

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team, Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing MotoGP

Dorna

Bagnaia qualified on pole on Saturday at Aragon with a new lap record to lead a Ducati 1-2-3 from team-mate Jack Miller and Gresini’s Enea Bastianini.

At the last round at Misano, Bagnaia and Bastianini did battle over victory, with the former only narrowly winning in a thrilling duel to the chequered flag.

Sunday’s Aragon GP is expected to be a race of extreme tyre wear, with Bastianini’s ability to preserve his rear rubber a key trait that has helped him to strong results in the past.

Now just 30 points from championship leader Fabio Quartararo, who qualified in sixth, Bagnaia is wary of engaging in any unnecessary battles at Aragon given he has already registered four DNFs this year – one of them in France when fighting Bastianini for the win.

“He's very fast,” Bagnaia said of Bastianini.

“I think if he has the chance to win tomorrow and if he gets away, I'm not going to go crazy trying to stay with him.

“Of course, it's important to bring back a lot of points, but it's also true that we're coming to a phase of the championship where it's essential to bring back results.

“I already made too many mistakes at the beginning of the year so we have to understand that and try not to repeat them.

“We were at 91 points [adrift of Quartararo after the German GP], now we're at 30.

“It's true that's still a lot, but you don't want to throw any away because you can too easily get back to 91 points behind instead of going to 25.”

Read Also:

The top speed deficit of the Yamaha relative to the Ducati means Quartararo is likely to struggle in Sunday’s race.

But Bagnaia believes the Frenchman will still be a threat, highlighting how he was fifth on the grid in Austria and managed to only just miss the victory in second at another weak venue for the Yamaha.

“If you look at the race in Austria, on Saturday it looked like Fabio was going to finish 12th and instead he was second,” Bagnaia added.

“So, in my opinion he'll easily make it back. I think it will depend on how the first few laps go.”

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Be part of Motorsport community

Join the conversation
Previous article Crutchlow: MotoGP qualifying has become like F1
Next article Aragon MotoGP: Full Moto2 and Moto3 results

Top Comments

There are no comments at the moment. Would you like to write one?

Sign up for free

  • Get quick access to your favorite articles

  • Manage alerts on breaking news and favorite drivers

  • Make your voice heard with article commenting.

Motorsport prime

Discover premium content
Subscribe

Edition

Australia