Bagnaia still has ‘no answer’ for costly MotoGP crash in Germany

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia says he “still doesn’t have an answer” for his crash in the German GP which effectively ended his 2022 MotoGP title hopes.

The Italian crashed in last weekend’s Sachsenring race at the start of lap four when the rear end of his Ducati turned against him at Turn 1.

It was his fourth DNF of the season and left him 91 points behind championship leader Fabio Quartararo, who dominated for his third win of the campaign in Germany, ahead of this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix. weekend in Assen.

At the time, Bagnaia was completely unable to explain the accident and told Assen on Thursday that he still had no explanation for it.

“No, just because it’s impossible to understand from the data,” he replied when asked if he had found the reason for the crash in Germany.

“But the one thing I tried to do…I tried to be more critical and think more about what happened.

“And the only thing that came out was that [being] more on the limit like that, it’s easier to crash.

“So from the data, you can’t see anything. So that’s the only thing that came out of that accident.

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team

Picture by: Dorna

“After the accident at Le Mans, I was the first to go to my dressing room and ask my whole team for forgiveness, because it was my mistake.

“But after that accident, it’s so different that to figure out why I crashed on Monday, I spent the day trying to think about it, trying to figure out why. But there’s no answer. “

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Bagnaia dismissed suggestions he had been affected by Dunlop rubber remnants from the previous Moto2 race, noting he was “already used to” the typical low-grip conditions at Sachsenring.

“I felt good all the previous rounds,” added Bagnaia. Sure, it wasn’t the best grip ever, but more or less it’s always like that.

“So I was already used to it. Probably next year at the Sachsenring in Turn 1 I will go a little more calmly.”

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