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    Being Bagnaia’s Ducati MotoGP team-mate “could possibly be an issue for him”

    Bastianini gained Sunday’s French GP at Le Mans after a short cube with Bagnaia that ended up with the manufacturing facility Ducati rider making a mistake whereas main on lap 21 of 27 and crashing out a number of corners later.

    It marked the third win of the season for Bastianini aboard his Gresini-run 2021-spec Ducati and has put him simply eight factors off the championship lead.

    It has additionally come at an important juncture by way of his MotoGP future, as he is without doubt one of the favourites – alongside Jorge Martin, who crashed at Le Mans – to take Jack Miller’s place on the manufacturing facility Ducati squad subsequent season.

    When requested by Autosport on Sunday at Le Mans if he felt he was giving Ducati no selection however to advertise him to its manufacturing facility squad, Bastianini mentioned: “I don’t know. I’m not the Ducati boss.

    “However I believe my state of affairs is best in respect to the opposite Ducati riders.

    “Pecco yesterday mentioned he’d choose to stick with Jack [as a team-mate].

    “And I believe his choice, I don’t know if Ducati needs to take heed to him.

    “However, additionally within the case of staying at Gresini or different [teams] with a manufacturing facility package deal I might be quick.”

    And when requested why he thought Bagnaia would favor to maintain Miller as his team-mate, Bastianini remarked: “I believe he prefers Miller as a result of he’s the chief of Ducati and he is aware of the potential of me, and likewise I consider Martin. It may be an issue for him.”

    Jack Miller, Ducati Team, Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing

    Jack Miller, Ducati Staff, Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing

    Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Pictures

    Bagnaia refuted this when requested about it, stating that he believes Bastianini would deserve the call-up ought to it come, and solely mentioned he would favor Miller if he had a selection as a result of they’ve been collectively since 2019.

    “Jack is my team-mate type 2019 and I do know him very effectively,” Bagnaia mentioned.

    “So, it’s regular that should you had to decide on a mate to share your field with, it’s the person you will have extra conversations with, spend extra time with.

    “So, Jack is my first selection as a result of he’s a pal, he is an effective team-mate, I prefer to work with him.

    “However it’s one thing that the group has to decide on. If it will likely be Enea, if it will likely be Martin for me it will likely be the identical story. I’ve all the time had a superb relationship with all my team-mates. Enea I believe deserves the place as a result of, in Austin he was so aggressive and as we speak he gained the race.”

    Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team crash

    Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Staff crash

    Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Pictures

    Explaining his crash in Sunday’s French GP – which has left him 44 factors off the championship lead – Bagnaia says it was “unusual” as he wasn’t pushing onerous and is “offended” consequently.

    “When Bastianini overtook me, I did simply the identical technique as in Aragon [last year] once I fought with Marc [Marquez],” he mentioned.

    “So, I attempted to be in entrance of him as quickly as attainable. However then I did a mistake in Flip 8. I simply tried to brake a bit tougher, however the entrance locking was heavy, so I simply went straight.

    “I braked perhaps too onerous. After I was off and I used to be again on observe, I simply thought ‘no strain, I’ll retake him’.

    “My thought was to not get well to him as quick as I can as a result of I knew it was simple to make a mistake.

    “However arriving into the second-last nook I arrived a bit slower and I crashed. So, it was a bit unusual. I used to be remaining on my tempo, so the whole lot was okay.

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    “The one factor modified was that I raced with the medium. However I don’t suppose that was the issue of the crash.

    “I don’t know why, I did Flip 11 slower to breathe a bit. After which once I arrived to the second final nook I crashed. It’s very obscure and I’m a bit offended now.”

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