Francesco Bagnaia is one of the most interesting rider on the grid, despite a tough 2019 season where he debuted in the major class with Pramac Ducati partnering future Factory Ducati rider Jack Miller. The Italian came to MotoGP after becoming Moto2 World Champion and had a really good pre-season tests last season, but did not show that pace also during the race, except Australian GP.
Bagnaia claimed 4th place at Phillip Island being really close to the podium after starting 15th and that was his best MotoGP result, but this year is called to a better championship and to prove himself and Ducati that he is fast enough to stay with them. Indeed, Francesco is pretty much sure to have a seat also for 2021 with Ducati, but everything could change in a blink of an eye as we could see during this crazy 2020 season.
The Italian had a chat with corsedimoto.com where he spoke about his season and how tough was being a MotoGP rookie with Ducati, but also that Pramac started to talk with him at the end of 2016. Bagnaia anyway wanted to be crowned Moto2 World Champion and waited until last year, where he needed time to get confidence with the Ducati.
“I knew I would have struggled a bit with Ducati. I needed a different riding style; I started to understand the bike at the end of the last season and made steps forward”, started to say ‘Pecco’, who then talked about his 2020. “Tests were good, we made improvements, I was feeling good and prepared”
Then Coronavirus appeared: “It was not easy to comeback training, but we are putting a lot of effort to be ready for the first race”. Bagnaia added something also regarding his future: “It is something that belongs to my managers. I have to prove I am fast, I am part of a great time. I know what I can do, I am sure I can do well and be fast”