“Valentino Rossi helped me”

There could not have been a worse start to the MotoGP season for Pecco Bagnaia and Ducati, with just one point in two races. The fall of Losail and the 15th place in Mandalika make the classification uphill, in Borgo Panigale they had foreseen a very different start to the championship after the sensational final of the 2021 season. 29 points that separate him from the provisional leader and brand-mate Enea Bastianini , in Termas de Rio Hondo we need immediately important points and change the course.

On the Argentinian circuit Pecco he disputed only one race in MotoGP, in 2019, signing a 14th place with the Ducati of the Pramac team. He says he is certain of the potential of the GP22 and in the pits he is all rowing in the same direction: “Already after the first race in Qatar, but especially after the GP in Indonesia, my feeling with the Desmosedici GP has returned to what it was last season. Unfortunately, both in Losail and Mandalika we weren’t able to show our true potential, but I hope to finally do it here in Argentina.“.

Pecco, the Academy and Valentino Rossi

In recent days he has continued training with the guys of the VR46 Academy, both at the Ranch of Tavullia and at the Crossodromo La Ginestra Fermignano, alternating sessions in the gym and moments of relaxation with his family. The VR46 also focuses heavily on the world runner-up. “I became more focused when I entered the Academy. Before, everything was pretty playful. At that time I was young and wanted to be one of the fastest drivers in the world, at the same time you can start enjoying life more at this age. You can hang out with your friends, but at the same time I started in Moto3. And that’s why I’ve never been a young guy who liked hanging out with his friendsi – he tells Speedweek.com -. When I couldn’t go because I had to train, they said, ‘Oh, you’ll never go out with us.’ It wasn’t easy“.

When the pilot moved to Tavullia everything was easier. Here he found a work group but, above all, a family, friends with whom to share training and moments of life. “I was 16 and a year later I found a house with Lorenzo Baldassarri. This made everything easier. It was easier for me to concentrate with a roommate. He was already on the right track, like me he was on the podium in 2015 and we pushed each other to improve and eat healthy. He also had a driver’s license, so he could accompany me to training“. Valentino Rossi was also of great help for his rise to MotoGP: “Valentino helped me a lot, he helped me to become a better and more mature rider, to be smarter and to understand what was important“.

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