“Made ‘Pecco’ nervous” – Bastianini wears Bagnaia at Le Mans

(Motorsport-Total.com) – With the victory at the French Grand Prix in Le Mans (for the race report), Enea Bastianini came within eight points of world championship leader Fabio Quartararo. From Ducati’s side, Bastianini is the hottest iron in the battle for the World Cup, for factory pilot Francesco Bagnaia went empty-handed after a fall.

Enea Bastianini has won three of the previous seven MotoGP races


For a long time it looked like Bagnaia would win the second victory in a row. But in the final third of the race, Bastianini was a bit stronger. On lap 21, Bastianini took the lead. Bagnaia countered and slowed down a bit later. At the end of the inning, Bagnaia made another mistake and fell. The race was decided.

“I’m very happy with this race,” commented Bastianini, who did not have a smooth weekend at Le Mans. “I did not expect to win, because the weekend did not start well with the three falls. It happened every time with the soft front tire. That tire was too soft for me. In the race it went better with the medium front tire With that I could fight for podium and eventually win. “

Wise approach brings Bastianini victory in Le Mans

“But it was not easy because ‘Pecco’ was very fast. He braked very late. I could make him nervous when I passed in the first sector. Then he made a mistake. Eventually it opened up and I won the race.” , describes the Gresini pilot.

Francesco Bagnaia, Enea Bastianini

Enea Bastianini started a attack on lap 21 and drove Francesco Bagnaia to a penalty kick zoom

“I dedicate the victory to my team because they worked very hard to give me the best possible motorcycle. It’s incredible what they have achieved,” thanks the Bastianini Gresini crew. “They had to rebuild the bike three times. I’m very happy for the boys.”

Francesco Bagnaia, Jack Miller

Francesco Bagnaia fell in an attempt to close the gap to Enea Bastianini zoom

Bastianini finished fifth on the starting schedule. “My strategy was to stay calm in the first half of the race to better understand what is possible. At the start of the race I was not so sure I could be fast. But that changed halfway through the race when I was faster than the other riders, “reports the Ducati rider.

Why Le Mans is not Bastianini’s favorite

Bastianini is the only driver to have already achieved more than one victory this season. The Italian won three of the seven races. However, he does not classify the victory at Le Mans as his best victory.

Enea Bastianini

Enea Bastianini fondly remembers the victory in Austin zoom

“I like best to remember the victory in Austin,” admits the third of the World Cup, explaining: “The track is something special to me. It was quite special to win the race in Texas. But Qatar was also something special before Men over everything for the team, because it was the first victory in many years and the first victory without Fausto. “

Too strong fluctuations cost the championship

If Bastianini could not win this season, then he also did not get into the top 6. With more consistent results, the Gresini driver would be the clear world championship leader. “Sometimes we lack the necessary consequence,” he confirms.

“When we have problems, my riding style does not work perfectly, especially with the front wheel. I work very intensively with the front of the bike. We have to find solutions for that throughout the season,” notes Bastianini.

Photos: MotoGP: French Grand Prix (Le Mans) 2022

In third place in the World Championship, Bastianini is currently the best Ducati rider and the best Italian. In two weeks, the home race in Mugello will continue. “Mugello is a special race for all riders, but especially for the Italian riders. I am convinced,” he comments.

“After these three victories, I think we can be fast in Mugello too. I have never been on the podium in Mugello, but I will change that this year. We are competitive and should be able to do that,” said Bastianini.

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