Francesco is Italian ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia (Ducati Desmosedici GP22), which is mathematically proclaimed champion in the Malaysian race this Sunday in Sepang, recognizes after the ninth training that he is human and begins to “feel the pressure”.
“I’m human and I’m starting to feel the pressure, but I think it’s normalI had to be smart to understand that at my speed I could have been in the front row without pushing too hard, but I pushed too hard in fourth and lost the front wheel. That was the big mistake,” lamented Bagnaia, who however said it was not his toughest day.
“It was more difficult at the beginning of the season, when I was pushing and I was behind or fell, those moments were really difficult, now the only positive I can take is FP4 and the time in Q1obviously, because at first I was very consistent and I had a good rhythm with the used tire and from then on, I did everything to ruin the day”, lamented the Italian Ducati rider.
“Fabio was worse than me because he fell in FP4 and broke his finger and all I can say is that I feel sorry for him because I don’t think he deserves the bad luck he’s had in recent races, as for Aleix, I think he’s been suffering too much since the Grand Prix started and when . he was following Jorge Martín he had a crash and without it I might have been first on the grid, so none of the three of us had a good Saturday”, he said about the choices of all his rivals.
Of the other Ducati riders he commented that “if they have a chance to win, they will do it as usualalthough maybe tomorrow is the day to take team orders, but let’s see, because first I have to be ahead of the race and be smart”.
“I will try to fight for the best possible positionwhat is not right for me is forcing too much but a good result is to be ahead of my rivals, because I will come to Valencia with more pressure than here, for sure, but there is a bigger difference and that is why it is important be smart in tomorrow’s race,” said Bagnaia.
“I start in ninth, but between the grid and the first corner there is a very long straight, so I will try to overtake the riders through acceleration, but it will also be important to manage the front wheel, because when you follow a rider the pressure goes up and becomes more dangerous. and, to be honest, my sensations on the bike are incredible because I can brake as I want, my speed at the exit of corners and even the grip of the tire that many laps is good. on the part of the bike is very good”, he assured the leader of the championship without hesitation.
Source: La Verdad
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