It’s been 14 years since Ducati saw one of its drivers become champions. That achievement came in 2007 when Casey Stoner finished the championship with 367 points, compared to 242 points for Dani Pedrosa – a difference of 125 points for the Honda rider.
However, and judging how the 2021 season happened for Francesco Bagnaia, especially the second half, fans of the italian brand will be able to see in the #63 an idol who will have all the conditions to be one of the title contenders next year. Like Stoner, Troy Bayliss and Carl Fogarty also gave Ducati a lot of joy when they became World Superbike champions.
In an interview given to La Stampa, Bagnaia sought to distance himself from Stoner and Bayliss, but assured that the objective is the same. The italian also defended that although talent has always been one of the pillars of the sport, the truth is that the athlete’s physical performance is gaining increasing importance.
‘I am different from Stoner or Bayliss, but we are all riders and we all have the same goal: to win. In racing, I’m definitely different from everyday life, talent is that form of madness that allows you to give something more, that makes you win. In motorcycling, this has always been the protagonist, even though racing has become more and more of an athletic performance in recent years’, he said.