Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia, on Ducati, is MotoGP world champion. The certainty of the title arrived in Valencia in the last GP, in which the Italian driver finished in ninth place, while the French Fabio Quartararo did not go beyond the fourth Bagnaia brings the world championship back to Italy 13 years after the last triumph of Valentino Rossi (2009); Ducati had not won in the premier class since 2007, when it won with the Australian Casey Stoner.
Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia triumphed on the saddle of an Italian motorcycle, the Ducati, which is based in the Borgo Panigale district of Bologna. It was since 1972 that there was no Italian one-two in the premier class of motorcycling. The last to triumph on an Italian motorcycle was the great Giacomo Agostini, with the MV Agusta: then the Class was the 500 cc.
Lap of honor on the Valencia track The new kid waved a flag with the Italian tricolor on one side and a gigantic number 1 on the other.
“It was the hardest race of my life – said Bagnaia after the victory – I wanted to finish in the top five today, then I started to suffer a lot during the race. I am very happy, it was a beautiful day. very happy”. “A page of history? I don’t think about it at the moment. But I know that with Ducati we have accomplished something really great, to be proud of”. Thus Francesco Bagnaia, third Italian world champion riding an Italian motorcycle, and first after Giacomo Agostini in ’72, comments on his feat to Sky. “Now I don’t realize, but calmly, in the next few days, I will also think about the history page …”
Meanwhile Andthe party explodes in Borgo Panigale, the district on the outskirts of Bologna where Ducati has its historic headquarters: here the title of world champion in the premier class of motorcycling has been missing since 2007, when Stoner was the first to win a world championship for the Bolognese motorcycle manufacturer. This time it is double party because the title comes thanks to an Italian driver. Over a thousand fans attended the decisive MotoGP race in front of the big screen set up at the company headquarters to support Bagnaia and Ducati together: a river of red shirts and caps made up of employees, guests and the many ‘Ducati fans’ of the clubs from various parts of Italy who wanted to celebrate the success (largely predictable on the eve of the gap in the standings) right where the engines with an unmistakable sound are born.
The Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni celebrates the victory of Bagnaia. “Tricolor pride”, he writes on Twitter.
– Giorgia Meloni (@GiorgiaMeloni) November 6, 2022