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Bagnaia erases Dovizioso's memory at Ducati

In 2021 , Ducati decided to change its philosophy and completely revamped its rider line-up. Contrary to what had been their approach since they arrived in MotoGP in 2003, they fully supported the youth in their ranks.

Veterans Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci, aged 34 and 30 respectively, made way for youngsters Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia, aged 26 and 24, in the official team. In addition, they took over the only three rookies making their debut. Jorge Martín landed at Pramac, while Enea Bastianini and Luca Marini went to Avintia. Johann Zarco, 30 years old, was the oldest of the six runners from Borgo Panigale.

The bet has been almost perfect. Ducati has won the team and constructor titles, Zarco was proclaimed the best privateer and Bagnaia finished runner-up in the world. In the 18 grands prix there has been at least one Borgo Panigale bike on the front row of the grid. In total they have won seven races (38%) and have garnered 24 podiums (44%). Only Marini did not add any. Only the drivers’ championship has been missing.

Above all the names, one stood out: Pecco Bagnaia. Miller had to be the spearhead of the project and Ducati pointed him out as their candidate to fight for the title. However, the Italian has exploded and has been one step away from achieving it. The falls in Mugello and Misano condemned him.

The Turin rider needed 13 races in 2021 to win for the first time in MotoGP, but when he did he became almost unbeatable. In a spectacular final sprint of the season, he won four of the last six races and was 26 points away from the title that Fabio Quartararo took.

His numbers are very close to the best of Dovizioso dressed in red. In fact, in some sections it even exceeds it already. The one from Forlì only won more races than Bagnaia in 2017 (6), when he came closest to the title. Then, Marc Márquez beat him by 37 points. The three-time world runner-up scored more points than his compatriot’s 252 in 2017 (261) and 2019 (269), but that year there was one more appointment. On average they are practically tied. In addition, the #63 has made six pole positions, the same as the #04 in eight years with the Bolognese.

Almost 10 years younger, Bagnaia is already at the height of Dovizioso. Valentino Rossi sees him as the favorite to storm the MotoGP title in 2022, even above Quartararo: “He is the favorite next year even if he is not the champion,” he said. Miller has already warned that the GP22 will be even better than the current bike: ” I have tried some of the new parts in the Misano test, so the rest of the manufacturers can start to tremble, it is something that is already spreading like wildfire the paddock”. We’ll see what happens in 12 months.

Photos: all Ducati victories in MotoGP

#1 – Loris Capirossi, 2003 Catalan GP

#1 - Loris Capirossi, GP de Cataluña 2003

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#2 – Loris Capirossi – 2005 Japanese GP

#2 - Loris Capirossi - GP de Japón 2005

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Photo by: Ducati Corse

#3 – Loris Capirossi – Malaysian GP 2005

#3 - Loris Capirossi - GP de Malasia 2005

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Photo by: Ducati Corse

#4 – Loris Capirossi – 2006 Spanish GP

#4 - Loris Capirossi - GP de España 2006

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Photo by: Ducati Corse

#5 – Loris Capirossi – 2006 Czech GP

#5 - Loris Capirossi - GP de la República Checa 2006

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Photo by: Ducati Corse

#6 – Loris Capirossi – 2006 Japanese GP

#6 - Loris Capirossi - GP de Japón 2006

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Photo by: Ducati Corse

#7 – Troy Bayliss – GP de Valencia 2006

#7 - Troy Bayliss - GP de Valencia 2006

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Foto de: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

#8 – Casey Stoner – 2007 Qatar GP

#8 - Casey Stoner - GP de Qatar 2007

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Photo de: Ducati Corse

#9 – Casey Stoner – 2007 Turkish GP

#9 - Casey Stoner - GP de Turquía 2007

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Photo by: Ducati Corse

#10 – Casey Stoner – GP de China 2007

#10 - Casey Stoner - GP de China 2007

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Foto de: Ducati Corse

#11 – Casey Stoner – 2007 Catalan GP

#11 - Casey Stoner - GP de Cataluña 2007

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Photo by: Ducati Corse

#12 – Casey Stoner – 2007 British GP

#12 - Casey Stoner - GP de Gran Bretaña 2007

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Photo by: Ducati Corse

#13 – Casey Stoner – 2007 United States GP

#13 - Casey Stoner - GP de Estados Unidos 2007

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Photo by: Bob Heathcote

#14 – Casey Stoner – 2007 Czech GP

#14 - Casey Stoner - GP de la República Checa 2007

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Photo by: Ducati Corse

#15 – Casey Stoner – San Marino GP 2007

#15 - Casey Stoner - GP de San Marino 2007

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Photo by: Ducati Corse

#16 – Loris Capirossi – 2007 Japanese GP

#16 - Loris Capirossi - GP de Japón 2007

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Photo by: Bridgestone Corporation

#17 – Casey Stoner – 2007 Australian GP

#17 - Casey Stoner - GP de Australia 2007

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Photo by: Ducati Corse

#18 – Casey Stoner – GP de Malesia

#18 - Casey Stoner - GP de Malesia

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Foto de: Bridgestone Corporation

#19 – Casey Stoner – 2008 Qatar GP

#19 - Casey Stoner - GP de Qatar 2008

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Photo de: Ducati Corse

#20 – Casey Stoner – 2008 British GP

#20 - Casey Stoner - GP de Gran Bretaña 2008

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Photo by: Ducati Corse

#21 – Casey Stoner – 2008 Dutch GP

#21 - Casey Stoner - GP de Holanda 2008

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Photo by: Ducati Corse

#22 – Casey Stoner – 2008 German GP

#22 - Casey Stoner - GP de Alemania 2008

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Photo by: Bridgestone Corporation

#23 – Casey Stoner – GP de Australia 2008

#23 - Casey Stoner - GP de Australia 2008

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Foto de: Bridgestone Corporation

#24 – Casey Stoner – Valencia GP 2008

#24 - Casey Stoner - GP de Valencia 2008

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Photo by: Ducati Corse

#25 – Casey Stoner – 2009 Qatar GP

#25 - Casey Stoner - GP de Qatar 2009

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Photo de: Ducati Corse

# 26 – Casey Stoner – 2009 Italian GP

#26 - Casey Stoner - GP de Italia 2009

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Photo de: Ducati Corse

#27 – Casey Stoner – GP de Australia 2009

#27 - Casey Stoner - GP de Australia 2009

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Foto de: Bridgestone Corporation

#28 – Casey Stoner – 2009 Malaysian GP

#28 - Casey Stoner - GP de Malasia 2009

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Photo by: Ducati Corse

#29 – Casey Stoner – 2010 Aragon GP

#29 - Casey Stoner - GP de Aragón 2010

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Photo by: Ducati Corse

#30 – Casey Stoner – 2010 Japanese GP

#30 - Casey Stoner - GP de Japón 2010

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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

#31 – Casey Stoner – 2010 Australian GP

#31 - Casey Stoner - GP de Australia 2010

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Photo by: Ducati Corse

#32 – Andrea Iannone – GP de Austria 2016

#32 - Andrea Iannone - GP de Austria 2016

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Photo de: Toni Börner

# 33 – Andrea Dovizioso – 2016 Malaysian GP

#33 - Andrea Dovizioso - GP de Malesia 2016

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# 34 – Andrea Dovizioso – 2017 Italian GP

#34 - Andrea Dovizioso - GP de Italia 2017

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#35 – Andrea Dovizioso – 2017 Catalan GP

#35 - Andrea Dovizioso - GP de Cataluña 2017

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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

#36 – Andrea Dovizioso – Austrian GP 2017

#36 - Andrea Dovizioso - GP de Austria 2017

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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

#37 – Andrea Dovizioso – 2017 British GP

#37 - Andrea Dovizioso - GP de Gran Bretaña 2017

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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

#38 – Andrea Dovizioso – Japanese GP 2017

#38 - Andrea Dovizioso - GP de Japón 2017

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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

#39 – Andrea Dovizioso – Malaysian GP 2017

#39 - Andrea Dovizioso - GP de Malasia 2017

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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

#40 – Andrea Dovizioso – Qatar GP 2018

#40 - Andrea Dovizioso - GP de Qatar 2018

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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

#41 – Jorge Lorenzo – 2018 Italian GP

#41 - Jorge Lorenzo - GP de Italia 2018

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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

#42 – Jorge Lorenzo – 2018 Catalan GP

#42 - Jorge Lorenzo - GP de Cataluña 2018

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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

#43 – Andrea Dovizioso – 2018 Mint Republic Grand Prix

#43 - Andrea Dovizioso - Gran Premio de la República Ceca 2018

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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

#44 – Jorge Lorenzo – 2018 Austrian Grand Prix

#44 - Jorge Lorenzo - Gran Premio de Austria 2018

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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

# 45 – Andrea Dovizioso – 2018 San Marino Grand Prix

#45 - Andrea Dovizioso - Gran Premio de San Marino 2018

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Photo de: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

#46 – Andrea Dovizioso – Valencia GP 2018

#46 - Andrea Dovizioso - GP de Valencia 2018

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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

#47 – Andrea Dovizioso – Qatar GP 2019

#47 - Andrea Dovizioso - GP de Qatar 2019

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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

# 48 – Danilo Petrucci – Italian GP 2019

#48 - Danilo Petrucci - GP de Italia 2019

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Photo de: Ducati Corse

# 49 – Andrea Dovizioso – GP of Austria 2019

#49 - Andrea Dovizioso - GP de Austria 2019

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Photo de: Michelin Sport

#50 – Andrea Dovizioso – Austrian GP 2020

#50 - Andrea Dovizioso - GP de Austria 2020

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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

#51 Danilo Petrucci – French GP 2020

#51 Danilo Petrucci - GP de Francia 2020

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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

#52 Jack Miller – Spanish GP 2021

#52 Jack Miller - GP de España 2021

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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

#53 Jack Miller – French GP 2021

#53 Jack Miller - French GP 2021

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Photo from: motosport.com

#54 – Jorge Martin – GP of Styria 2021

#54 - Jorge Martin - GP de Estiria 2021

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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

#55 – Pecco Bagnaia – Aragon GP 2021

#55 - Pecco Bagnaia - GP de Aragón 2021

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Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

# 56 – Pecco Bagnaia – San Marino GP 2021

#56 - Pecco Bagnaia - GP de San Marino 2021

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# 57 – Pecco Bagnaia – Algarve GP 2021

#57 - Pecco Bagnaia - GP del Algarve 2021

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# 58 – Pecco Bagnaia – Valencia GP 2021

#58 - Pecco Bagnaia - GP de Valencia 2021

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Photo de: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

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