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Race winner Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team celebrates his victory
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How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

“I fought many times against [Andrea] Dovizioso. Pecco was the same as Dovizioso, with a bit more corner speed.” Marc Marquez’s comment after losing out in an epic duel to Francesco Bagnaia in last Sunday’s MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix was an extremely pertinent observation on a significant weekend for Ducati.

Bagnaia headed team-mate Jack Miller for the marque’s first 1-2 in qualifying at Aragon since 2018, when Jorge Lorenzo headed Dovizioso. Back then, Ducati had already kicked its prospective future world champion to the kerb, while cracks in the relationship between Dovizioso and team management were already beginning to show.

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