Pecco Bagnaia: “The rider makes the difference” / MotoGP

Pecco Bagnaia: “The rider makes the difference” / MotoGP

Spectators and fans of the MotoGP World Championship continue to ask the same question, especially in the era of aerodynamic innovations, electronics and equipment: is it the driver or the bike? That’s what the world champion says.

In the hands of Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia, Ducati won the long-awaited second driver’s title for the first time in 15 years. This is not the only reason why the Desmosedici is considered the most memorable bike in the MotoGP class (2022: 12 victories, 32 podiums and 16 pole positions). Again and again it is debated whether the driver or rather the motorcycle makes a difference. And in what proportion?

World Champion Pecco Bagnaia admitted this question: “Obviously the bike makes a big difference. Because the bikes are now competitive. So the calculation has changed depending on how much you use traction control and electronics.”

At the same time, the eleven-time MotoGP winner said: «But I believe that the driver can make a big, big difference when it comes to timing, tire wear or brakes. The rider makes a difference on the bike,” confirmed the Ducati factory rider.

“That becomes clear when you look at the results of the last few years,” Bagnaia cited as an example of the argument. “Marc Márquez is the only one who has won on Honda. Casey Stoner is the only one who could win on Ducati. Vale was at the front in every era of his career, even if Yamaha was not competitive,” Rossi’s student also recalled his mentor.

Back to the present: “I’ve always been at the front for the last few years, as a World Cup runner-up and a World Cup winner. The driver makes the difference, even now, »confirmed the 26-year-old Italian. “But I can’t say how many tenths.”

“I think the driver’s performance shows more in the ‘time attack’ and also in the race because of the tire management. You have to be very clever and drive very gently. That’s why I believe: You can tell the driver’s level by following the times and after the laps 15 in the race,” summed up Bagnaia.

Standings for the 2022 MotoGP World Championship final (after 20 races):

1. Bagnaia 265. 2. Quartararo points 248. 3 Bastianini 219 4 Aleix Espargaró 212 5 Miller 189 6 Brad Binder 188 7 Rins 173 8 Zarco 166 9 Martin 152 10 Oliveira 149 11 Viñales 122 12 Marini 120 13 Marc Marquez 113 14 Bezzecchi 1 15 Mir 87 16 Pol Espargaró 17 Alex. 18 Nakagami 48 19 Morbidelli 42 20 Di Giannantonio 24 21 Dovizioso 15 .22 Raul Fernandez 14 23 Remy Gardner 13 24 Darryn Binder 12 25 Crutchlow 10 26 Bradl 2

Builders Championship:

1. Ducati 448 points. 2. Yamaha 256. 3. Aprilia 248. 4. KTM 240. 5. Suzuki 199. 6. Honda 155.

World Cup Team:

1. Ducati Lenovo Team 454 points. 2. Red Bull KTM Factory 337. 3. Aprilia Racing 334. 4. Prima Pramac Racing 318. 5. Monster Energy Yamaha 290. 6. Suzuki Ecstar 260. 7. Gresini Racing 243. 8. .Mooney VR416 Racing 2. Honda 171 of 10 LCR Honda 98th 11 WithU Yamaha RNF 37th 12 Tech3 KTM Factory 27