Here Are The Lessons Pecco Bagnaia Has Learned From The 2022 MotoGP Season
Despite winning the title, Pecco Bagnaia’s 2022 season didn’t quite go to plan. The Italian tells us what he learned from the past season.
The 2022 season took a turn for the better for Francesco Bagnaia at the season finale in Valencia.
A ninth place was enough for the Italian to win the title after a season with many ups and downs – a conciliatory end for the Ducati star after a difficult half of the season.
Especially during the middle of the season, the prognosis for Italy’s hope did not look rosy. With an interim 91-point gap to World Championship leader Fabio Quartararo, only the biggest comeback in MotoGP history was enough for “Pecco”.
The Italian knows that the season was anything but perfect. Bagnaia wants to avoid the same amount of mistakes in the new season.
“There is no denying that I lost a lot of points because I crashed in five of the 20 races.”
“I don’t want to crash anymore and I want to get better and better,” explains an ambitious Pecco Bagnaia, sure that not only he but also his team has learned a lot.
“I think we already learned some lessons from what happened last year.” Especially in times when the 26-year-old suffered three DNFs in four races, Bagnaia seemed restless and nervous from time.
He had already worked on that in 2022: “The most important point will be to keep calm and look from race to race.”
“I have to avoid the mistake of getting nervous or impatient like I did at the beginning of the 2022 season.
“I must no longer think I can get enough of an advantage in a single corner for a complete lap.”
Ducati’s latest MotoGP development – the GP23 – should help the Italian. In contrast to last season, the development steps between the seasons have been deliberately kept smaller.
Bagnaia in particular had problems adapting to the major changes on the Ducati at the beginning of the 2022 season.
“There were too many new ideas that were not all fully developed. So the step was too big. This year we are only competing with a slight evolution of the 2022 bike.”
After the first rides at the post-season test in Valencia, the reigning MotoGP World Champion is in a positive mood.
“We tried it in Valencia in November. The first impression was good, I felt improvements. I was very happy with it.”