MotoGP, Pecco Bagnaia: “We are eight riders on Ducati, so we can clearly see where someone does a better job”

Pecco Bagnaia knows that 2024 will mark a key milestone for Ducati in MotoGP, as it will be the last season with eight Ducati riders on the grid, at least for the foreseeable future. With the switch from Pramac to Yamaha, Ducati will see its number of bikes reduced to six, which is still a numerical advantage over its rivals, who will field four bikes each.

However, a crucial question remains: how many of these six Desmosedici will benefit from the latest factory specifications?
Ducati hinted that they might only line up trois machines GP25 next year.
Fabio by Giannantonio VR46 is expected to join Pecco Bagnaia and Lenovo’s new teammate,
Marc Marquezon these GP25s.

The prospect of having only three GP25s on track has raised questions, especially as the rivals of
Ducati all seem ready to line up
four factory bikes in 2025. Although data from one-year-old Desmosedici may still be relevant, differences between machines can make this relevance variable.

After his victory in the German Grand Prixhis fourth consecutive, and the lead in the championship,
I’m sorry Bagnaia highlighted how the three main drivers Ducati each showed their strengths in different areas of the circuit. There are eight of us drivers, so you can clearly see where someone is doing a better job. “, has explained Bagnaia. «
For example, at the Sachsenring, Martin was very strong in turn 8. Marc was very strong in turn 7. I was very strong in turns 9, 10, 11. The more of you there are, the more data you have and the easier it is to take a step. »

Pecco Bagnaia: « The feel of the bike helps improve lap times, but the biggest difference comes from the tires »

Pecco Bagnaia also noted that his race time at Sachsenring was 12 seconds faster than Jorge Martin’s the previous yearcontinuing a trend of race records and fastest laps ever recorded this season. I drove slower than in Assen, so we can do better! ” joked
Bagnaiareferring to the 30 seconds he improved year-on-year at the Dutch TT. I think it’s always the tyres, and last year it was a lot warmer. The feeling with the bike helps improve the lap times, but the biggest difference is the tyres.. »

Even with a reduction in its workforce,
Ducati remains a dominant force in MotoGP. Individual rider performances and data collected at the various circuits will continue to be valuable assets for the team. Expectations are high for 2024, and fans of
Ducati can expect an exciting season.

General classification after nine Grand Prix:

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