‘Made ‘Pecco’ – Bastianini wears Bagnaia under Le Mans

(Motorsport-Total.com) – With a win at the French Grand Prix at Le Mans (for race report), Enea Bastianini came eight points behind world championship leader Fabio Quartararo. In Ducati’s view, Bastianini is the most important iron in the fight for the world title, because factory captain Francesco Bagnaia went empty-handed after the fall.

Enea Bastianini has won three of the previous seven MotoGP races

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For a long time it looked as if Bagnaia would take a second win in a row. But in the final third of the race, Bastianini was a little stronger. On lap 21, Bastianini took the lead. Bagnaia and Brake responded a little later. At the end of the lap, Bagnaia made another mistake and fell. The race is determined.

“I am very happy with this race,” said Bastianini, who did not have a good weekend at Le Mans. “I wasn’t expecting to win because the weekend didn’t start well with the three falls. It happened every time with the soft front tire. This tire was too soft for me. In the race it went better with the medium front tire and with that I could fight off the For the podium and to win in the end.”

Clever tactic to win Bastianini at Le Mans

“But it wasn’t easy because ‘Pecco’ was too fast. He braked too late. I could make him nervous when I passed in the first section. Then he made a mistake. In the end it opened up and I won a race,” describes pilot Grisini.

Francesco Bagnaia, Ina Bastianini

Enea Bastianini launched an attack on lap 21, leading Francesco Bagnaia to a penalty kick. Zoom

“I dedicate the victory to my team because they have worked hard to provide me with the best motorcycle possible. It is unbelievable what they have achieved,” Bastianini thanks the Gresini crew. “They had to rebuild the bike three times. I’m so happy for the guys.”

Francesco Bagnaia, Jack Miller

Francesco Bagnaia fell trying to close the gap to Enea Bastianini Zoom

Bastianini finished fifth on the starting grid. “My strategy was to keep my cool in the first half of the race to better understand what was possible. At the start of the race I wasn’t very confident I could be fast. But that changed in the middle of the race when I was faster than the other riders,” the Ducati rider reports .

Why doesn’t Le Mans consider Bastianini’s win the favourite?

Bastianini is the only driver who has actually won more than one this season. The Italian has won three of the seven races. However, he does not classify the win at Le Mans as his best victory.

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Enea Bastianini loves to remember the victory in Austin Zoom

“I like to remember the victory in Austin better,” admits the third world championship and explains: “The course is something special for me. It was very special to win the race in Texas. But Qatar was also something special, before but above all for the team because It was the first win in many years and the first win without Fausto.”

Too strong swings cost the championship the lead

If Bastianini cannot win this season, he does not reach the top six either, with more consistent results, the Gresini driver will be the clear leader for the world championship. “Sometimes we lack the necessary consistency,” he asserts.

“When we have problems, my riding style doesn’t work perfectly, especially with the front wheel. I work very intensely with the front of the bike. We have to find solutions to this all season long,” Bastianini notes.


Photos: MotoGP: French Grand Prix (Le Mans) 2022


Third in the world championship, Bastianini is currently the best Ducati rider and best Italian. In two weeks, the race will continue at home in Mugello. He comments: “Mugello is a special race for all drivers, and especially for Italian drivers. I am confident of that.”

“After those three wins, I think we can also be quick in Mugello. I never got on the podium in Mugello, but I want to change that this year. We are competitive and we should be able to do that,” he said. Bastianini is crazy.

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