Francesco Bagnaia


January 20, 2022

Francesco "Pecco" Bagnaia (Turin, January 14, 1997) is an Italian motorcycling driver who participates in the MotoGP category with the Ducati Lenovo Team. He is Moto2 world champion in 2018 and was runner-up in the MotoGP world in 2021.




In 2013, Bagnaia made her debut for the Team Italia FMI team with Romano Fenati as his partner on both FTR Hondas. The 2013 Moto3 season was disappointing for Bagnaia as he failed to score a single point all season.


In 2014, Bagnaia changed teams to join the Sky Racing Team by VR46 riding a KTM and repeating as a partner Romano Fenati. He finished the season 16th with 50 points in the drivers' championship.


In 2015, Bagnaia changed teams again, signing for the MAPFRE Team MAHINDRA Moto3 where he shared a team with the Spaniards Juanran Guevara and Jorge Martín.[1]​[2]​ He got the first podium of his career by finishing third in the Grand France Award. At the next race in Italy, Bagnaia finished fourth, missing the podium by just 0.003 seconds to Romano Fenati. He finished his first season with the team in fourteenth position with 76 points.


In 2016, Bagnaia started the season with a podium finish in Qatar and another podium finish in Spain, finishing third both times. In his home race in Italy, Bagnaia secured another third position by beating Niccolò Antonelli by just 0.006 seconds. Bagnaia claimed his first victory in the Netherlands by winning at the historic Assen track in his fifty-ninth Moto3 race,[3][4] this being Mahindra's first victory in the Motorcycle World Championship.[5] Bagnaia took his first wet pole position at the British Grand Prix [6][7] and in a great race, finished second behind Brad Binder. Bagnaia took his second victory of the season in Malaysia, in a survival race, he won the race comfortably by opening up a big gap after Brad Binder, Joan Mir and Lorenzo Dalla Porta crashed in the same corner during the start of the race , a race in which 17 drivers finished out of the 31 who started the race.[8][9]



After four seasons in Moto3, Bagnaia moved up to Moto2, competing for the SKY Racing Team VR46, a team he raced with in 2014, his teammate being his compatriot Stefano Manzi.[10] In just his fourth race in the category , Bagnaia achieved his first podium by finishing in second position in Jerez. He also finished second in the following race at Le Mans having qualified in second position, missing pole to Thomas Lüthi by just 0.026 seconds.[11] Bagnaia took a third podium finish at the Sachsenring, finishing third behind Franco Morbidelli, who won the race, and Miguel Oliveira, who finished second. At Misano, Bagnaia finished the race in fourth position behind Dominique Aegerter, Thomas Lüthi and Hafizh Syahrin; however, Aegerter was later disqualified and thus earned his fourth podium finish of the season. of the year in Moto2.


Bagnaia started the season with a win in Qatar, having led the race from start to finish.[15][16] Bagnaia earned his second win of the season in Austin after a tough fight against Álex Márquez beating him by a difference of 2.4 seconds, where he also set the fastest lap of the race.[17][18]​ At Jerez, Bagnaia finished third behind Lorenzo Baldassarri and Miguel Oliveira, finishing in the same position as the start. B.

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