Francesco Guidotti is impressed by Bagnaia's debut
Alma Pramac Racing team manager Francesco Guidotti talked about the squad's ambitions for 2019 and his new rider, Francesco Bagnaia, who impressed him during his debut.
After a positive year, in which Alma Pramac Racing was able to win the championship dedicated to the indipendent team, the crew would like to keep their results high and do even better in the next season. During the years, the satellite Ducati squad has grown up considerably and has been able to fight for the podium on a number of occasions, also helping his riders increase their abilty and preparing them to be ready for the factory teams.
Indeed, in the 2019, Alma Pramac will not have Danilo Petrucci anymore, after his move to Ducati Factory Team. The Italian rider did a great job since he joined the squad, conquering some podiums and developing the bike steadily from 2017, when he had the opportunity to ride a factory Ducati, despite being part of a satellite squad.
Petrucci's place will be taken by the 2018 Moto2 World Champion, Francesco Bagnaia, who will be Jack Miller's teammate.
Bagnaia had the chance to try his new bike in Valencia's test already, where he impressed for his pace and for how quickly was able to go fast with a MotoGP. Even his team manager, Francesco Guidotti, has been a little bit surprised from Francesco's debut, although he knows really well that they were only tests.
In a interview with gpone.com, Guidotti talked about his new rider, explained why he chose him and expressed the team's ambitions for 2019. The Italian also had a few words on his former rider Danilo Petrucci.
"I do not like talking before races, but Pecco's debut has been impressing, but you know, it's not easy talking about tests, even if the base is promising. I wanted to go with a Moto2 rider, and I was following Bagnaia from 2 years. Maybe has been a gamble, but we thought about it a lot. Our goal is to helping riders to grow up, we can not tell lies to them; if you want to win a championship, you'll have to move to a factory side. Danilo (Petrucci) was a won bet, but he still has a lot to do. When you join a factory team the pressure is high, everyone is working for the victory. In a satellite one we are more quiet, we can also take more risk"
Guidotti also highilighted how high the level of MotoGP has been in the last years, with a lot of riders able to fight for victories and podiums, and this means even more competition. 2019 will not be easy for Guidotti's team, considering that they will be also be part of the new MotoE championship.
"The level of MotoGP is rising up year after year, and in 2019 we will also have the MotoE project. The things to do are a lot and the season is gonna be very demanding"