Being Bagnaia’s teammate in Ducati MotoGP ‘could be a problem for him’

Bastianini won Sunday’s French GP at Le Mans after a brief die-off with Bagnaia that ended in a factory Ducati rider error as he led on lap 21 of 27 and crashed a few corners later .

It was Bastianini’s third win of the season aboard his 2021 Gresini-spec Ducati and puts him just eight points off the championship lead.

He also comes at a crucial time for his future in MotoGP, as he is one of the favorites – alongside Le Mans crashed Jorge Martin – to take Jack Miller’s place in the Ducati factory team. next season.

Asked by Autosport on Sunday at Le Mans if he felt he left Ducati no choice but to promote him to their factory team, Bastianini replied: “I don’t know. I am not the boss of Ducati.

“But I think my situation is better compared to other Ducati riders.

“Pecco said yesterday that he would prefer to stay with Jack [as a team-mate].

“And I think his decision, I don’t know if Ducati wants to listen to it.

“But, also in the case of a stay in Gresini or other [teams] with factory packaging, I can be fast.

And when asked why he thought Bagnaia would prefer to keep Miller as a teammate, Bastianini replied: “I think he prefers Miller because he is the leader of Ducati and he knows my potential, and also I think of Martin. It can be a problem for him.”

Jack Miller, Ducati Team, Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing

Photo by: Gold and Goose/ Motorsport pictures

Bagnaia refuted this when asked about it, stating that he thought Bastianini would deserve the call-up if he were to arrive, and only said he would prefer Miller if given the choice as they have been together since 2019.

“Jack has been my teammate since 2019 and I know him very well,” Bagnaia said.

“So it’s normal that if you had to choose a friend to share your box with, it would be the man with whom you have the most conversations, with whom you spend the most time.

“So Jack is my first choice because he’s a friend, he’s a good teammate, I like working with him.

“But it’s something the team has to choose. If it will be Enea, if it will be Martin for me it will be the same story. I have always had good relations with all my teammates. I think Enea deserves the spot because in Austin he was so competitive and today he won the race.

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team accident

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team accident

Photo by: Gold and Goose/ Motorsport pictures

Explaining his crash in Sunday’s French GP – which left him 44 points behind the championship lead – Bagnaia says it was “strange” as he didn’t push hard and is “angry ” Consequently.

“When Bastianini passed me, I made exactly the same strategy as in Aragon [last year] when I fought with Marc [Marquez],” he said.

“So I tried to get in front of him as soon as possible. But then I made a mistake in turn 8. I just tried to brake a bit harder, but the front lockout was heavy, so I just went straight.

“Maybe I braked too hard. When I was gone and I was back on track, I just said to myself ‘no pressure, I’ll take it back’.

“My idea was not to get him back as quickly as possible because I knew it was easy to make a mistake.

“But coming into the penultimate corner I came in a bit slower and crashed. So it was a bit strange. I was keeping my pace so it was fine.

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“The only thing that changed was that I ran with the medium. But I don’t think that’s the problem with the accident.

“I don’t know why, I did turn 11 more slowly to breathe a little. And then when I got to the penultimate corner, I crashed. It’s very hard to understand and I’m a little angry now.

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