Bastianini: “Márquez will be the great protagonist”


The world of MotoGP faces its last weeks of break before the typical presentations of the teams and team, usual around these dates, and the first pre-season tests in Malaysia. These are times to assess what is coming, to set objectives, and the pilots are lavished more on the media to analyze the sensations they have before the imminent roar of the engines.

One of the teams that raises the most expectation is ducatifor his status as world champion with Bagnaia and for the movement that led to bastianini from the satellite of Gresini to the official of the Borgo Panigale. ‘The beast’ will officially present himself as an official Lenovo Team driver next Monday, but before in La Repubblica He has left his first impressions of the new course. the one of Rimini ensures the first step in Ducati is to adapt, “know the team’s working method” and “manage the pressure” that comes with being an Italian rider in the Italian factory and with the poster of the best bike on the grid.

With the desmosedici From 2023 Bastiani has one goal: “to be fast”. As Bagnaia was last year to proclaim himself champion. ‘The Beast’ did not make things easy for him and despite being factory partners, not teammates, the fights were pushed to the limit, which has raised interest in what will happen next season: “There is rivalry, but above all , friendship”, emphasizes Bastianini, who continues: “We have known each other since we were children and it is the first time that we are teammates. I respect you, I have a lot to learn. It will be my first opponent.”

And I’m sure you won’t be the only one. Within Ducati itself there will be more. Jorge Martin will want ‘rematch’ with the motorcycle of the Pramac (with factory treatment) after the Ducati management leadership left him without an official in favor of Bastianini. And there will be rivals in yamahawith Quartararoin Apriliawith Alexin KTMwho won races in 2022… And in Slingdespite its difficulties. This marquez, which is not a small thing, according to Bastianini: “He is the one who has won the most, he will be the great protagonist. He is the big favourite. We will surely see a champion in top form again and it will be a pleasure to challenge him”. And for this, he trusts in his own weapons, he already showed last season that he is not afraid of anything or anyone: “I am an old-school driver, instinctive, not very calculating and very passionate. I would like MotoGP to return to certain battles. If it were up to me, the races would only be melee ”, he warns the new Ducati rider.


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