Pecco Bagnaia hasn’t finished finding his best version on the Asian tour. Although in Thailand he climbed to the podium and closed the gap to Fabio Quartararo, the Italian suffered throughout the weekend in Japan, where he ended up crashing on the last lap of the race.
Now, at the Australian Grand Prix, the Ducati rider doesn’t seem to be starting off on the right foot either . Bagnaia concluded the first day of free practice at the bottom of the Top10, with the eighth fastest time in a classification led by two Ducati (Johann Zarco and Marco Bezzecchi).
“This morning I had a hard time with the wind,” he acknowledged to the media after FP2, “but then we touched something and it helped me. Maybe because of my set-up or my driving, I suffered more with the wind.” Likewise, Pecco also ended up “totally happy” with his fastest lap attempts.
“Even if it’s windy on Saturday, we have to find a way to go fast. It’s hard to predict the weather in this country. I’m glad we were able to improve.”
But the season is coming to an end, and with only 75 points to share, the time is pressing. “We all have to take risks because we have to be ahead. These two upcoming races are not the best for our bike. But, in any case, I will do the same as in recent weeks: attack without thinking about the championship,” he settled.
Currently, Pecco is second in the general classification , just two points behind the leader, Fabio Quartararo, and with Aleix Espargaró a little lower, 20 behind the Frenchman.
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