“Now the number 1 is Bagnaia”

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First season in Ducati red for Enea Bastianini. The first two rivals to beat will be Pecco Bagnaia and Marc Marquez.

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Enea Bastianini and Carlo Pernat – Motori.News

Enea Bastianini will race his first season with the Lenovo Ducati team colors and will be able to count on a factory Desmosedici for the first time, on a par with the world champion and teammate I’m sorry Bagnaia. It will be a challenge that already on paper promises to be exciting, with the Italian fans ready to cheer (and perhaps split up) for the two compatriots, a bit like in the days of Biaggi and Rossi…

After the presentation of the team and the photoshooting in Madonna di Campiglio, after having unveiled the graphics of his new helmet, Aeneas Bastianini is ready to fly to Malaysia for the first MotoGP test of 2023, after a first taste of the factory bike and team in Valencia on 8 November. These will be three decisive days for adapting to a new working method, studying the latest details of the GP23 and for an initial comparison with Pecco Bagnaia in terms of times. The time attack will certainly not be the priority, but do you want to take away the whim…?

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Bastianini ready for the world challenge

Enea Bastianini (Ducati)
Enea Bastianini – Motors.News

The rider from Romagna, thanks to his third place in the 2022 final standings, wants the throne of his new box neighbor. “My partner is already world champion, so I’ll have to follow in his footsteps to reach the goal“, he said in an interview with ‘Marca’. There is good blood between Aeneas and Pecco, contrary to what one would like to believe. But nothing can be ruled out when the adrenaline kicks into high gear and the real competition for the top of the leaderboard begins.

We’ve already had a taste of it in the previous championship, with the men in red evidently anxious in front of the screens in the pits Ducati. There will be sparks, but it will be a relationship of maximum collaboration for the good of the brand and of the evolution. Yet the ‘Beast’ excludes nothing: “You can never say never again in life, but for now I’ve always had a good relationship with Pecco and I don’t think it will be ruined“. After all, the challenge will be widely extended, including to other Italians, with Marco BezzecchiLuca Marini and Fabio Di Giannantonio ready to compete for the first positions.

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Not forgetting that Marc Marquez he’s coming back in great shape and will be a tough nut to crack for everyone. “He knows he was number one. Now, at this moment, I don’t know. The results show that Pecco is now number one – concluded Enea Bastianini -. But we’ll see. I think he will arrive in great form and be a rival for the title“.