Improving all the time…Interview with ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Francesco Bagnaia achieved a career-best result of fourth place as a dramatic Moto3™ season resumed in France. Known as ‘Pecco’ to those close to him, the Italian reviews a memorable and to date career-best weekend at Le Mans.

From 17th position on the starting grid, Bagnaia fought up the field, which included overtaking team-mate Romani Fenati who would subsequently suffer electrical problems and retire into the pit lane. Running fourth at the last corner, Bagnaia attempted a dive up the inside of Calvo Team’s Isaac Viñales, but would have to settle for fourth. Nevertheless, this was still the best finish to date for the SKY Racing Team VR46 rider who following the race took time out to catch up with motogp.com.

Congratulations! This is not only your best result in the World Championship, but it was also a tough race for you…
Yes, starting 17th is never easy! At the start I was really pushing and trying my very best to punch through towards the front of the field. A gap was then opening up between myself and Alex Marquez, so I had to push even harder to close in. It was a real challenge and I enjoyed it a lot – that’s the important thing.

You were praised for battling with far more experienced riders…
Yes, the guys who finished in front of me have been in the championship for longer and are much more experienced. We are improving race by race, though, which confirms that all of the hard work we have been doing is paying off. Now we just need to make sure that we continue on that path.

What did you make of that fantastic battle, particularly across the closing laps? Were you afraid of making a mistake, bearing in mind how tight the fight was?
No, I wasn’t worried about getting it wrong. I was extremely close to being on the podium at the last corner and actually tried to pass Isaac Viñales – it wasn’t quite enough, though. Next time I’ll be racing at home and I’ll push even harder; it will be important to do well at the next Grand Prix, in front of my home crowd at Mugello.

Bagnaia’s fine form at Le Mans kept up an impressive sequence of results for the new, Valentino Rossi-squad team which had won the previous two races in Argentina and Jerez courtesy of Bagnaia’s more experienced team-mate Romano Fenati.

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