Bagnaia vs Quartararo, a war of nerves and a tasting chase

Bagnaia vs Quartararo, a war of nerves and a tasting chase
Bagnaia vs Quartararo, a war of nerves and a tasting chase
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Just five thousandths between them at the end of the Friday shifts. Fabio Quartararo And Pecco Bagnaia they started their last battle, the one that is worth the 2022 MotoGP title. A first day also of “studying the enemy”, as the two followed each other for a while during free practice 2. The reigning champion in the end he always placed his Yamaha ahead of his rival Ducati, initially by a large margin and finally by a whisker. A butt already tightened.

Bagnaia, tension as a leader

It was inevitable that this would happen, at this point of the season it is also normal. Pecco Bagnaia is not made of ice and he is playing as much as possible in MotoGP. The first day was therefore rather ‘cautious’, without taking risks, even if there are still some notes to be made. “I expected something more in the morning” Bagnaia declared, recalling the turn closed in 17th position. But the major work was on the rhythm, which was then found during free practice 2 and with the hard front. The 9th place combined is a good starting point, but we need to work and not just on the bike. “I felt a little more pressure” Bagnaia admitted to motogp.com. But the Ducati rider doesn’t want to think about it: meanwhile, the goal is to win Q2 immediately, so as not to complicate life as in Malaysia. “I have to stay calm” finally stressed.

Quartararo has fun

On the other hand, there are those who closed the first day in a more carefree way. The “pressure of the leader” is now all of Bagnaia, Fabio Quartararo now aims only to have fun. Certainly he will do the impossible to attempt the feat, but 23 points are a lot and the reigning champion takes it out with much more confidence than his rival. In terms of pace, you can see well, less on the time attack, which is essential to aim for a good qualifying placement. “We have some ideas to improve, then we have to put them into practice on the track” Quartararo declared, without unbuttoning. But the look then goes to the race, the last of the season. “If I can start well, I can fight for the win.” Meanwhile, he placed his M1 in front of D16 # 63 in both free practice sessions on Friday, we’ll see how Bagnaia responds.

Photo: motogp.com

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