Bagnaia says he 'deserves' MotoGP factory Ducati promotion
Bagnaia says he "deserves" the promotion of the Ducati factory
Francesco Bagnaia says his promotion to the factory Ducati MotoGP team for 2021 is "deserved" for the "great job" he did at the Pramac-run GP20 this year.
Ducati confirmed that its factory lineups for the factory team and Pramac for 2021 had been distributed over the past week. Bagnaia was chosen to replace the outgoing Andrea Dovizioso, while Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin will join Pramac.
Bagnaia's second season in MotoGP so far has earned a podium finish despite being podium at the Andalusia Grand Prix from engine failure and falling late from the lead at the Emilia Romagna GP.
He had to pause three laps in August after breaking a leg while training for the Czech GP, which huh "didn't leave us in the positions we deserved".
When asked to comment on his 2021 move ahead of the French GP this weekend, Bagnaia said, "Very good. I'm happy. I feel like I deserve this position because the races that I finished, were strong and I was ahead. "
"We did a really good job this season.
"We were a bit unlucky for the broken leg, for the engine failure [in Jerez].
"So we are not in the positions we deserve, but I think our potential is very high, our bike is very strong and we can be satisfied with our work.
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"We need more consistency and have to finish the races, but we're there."
The seat next to Jack Miller on the factory Ducati team next year was between Bagnaia and Avintias Zarco.
The Frenchman doesn't have much feelings for Bagnaia's promotion, however, as Zarco will have machine parity at Pramac and is aware that his MotoGP future was uncertain at this point last year after his KTM layoff.
"It feels good to know where to go next year and overall on a winning bike," said Zarco.
"I'm sure I still have a lot to learn on the Ducati and the work has been good from the last few races, but I clearly didn't get a good result on Sunday.
"So I still have to put it all together, but I think I'm on the right track.
"Thanks to Ducati, whatever things I do towards the end of this season will be useful for next year.
"I'm also happy for Pecco that he clearly showed in these three races that the works team was for him.
“I took this step with my bike to get a new bike, but very similar for the next year.
"So happy and fully motivated, because a year ago this was not the case in October."
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