How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP
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How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP

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Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP bike has had a tough start to life and the expected early-season title charge from Francesco Bagnaia did not materialise. But the Spanish Grand Prix signalled a turning point for both the GP22 and Bagnaia, as the 2021 runner-up belatedly got his season underway after a straight fight with Fabio Quartararo

“The old bike was already perfect and we are improving this one.” This was the ominous claim made by Francesco Bagnaia at Jerez last November following two days of testing on the 2022 Ducati.

Having ended the 2021 season with four wins and a march to runner-up spot in a championship he only lost by 26 points, Bagnaia was expected to start 2022 as he’d ended the previous season.

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