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Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
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The unique advantage Ducati must now use to win the 2022 MotoGP title

Ducati has littered the grid with eight strong motorcycles that has ensured it has had at least one rider stand on the podium at every grand prix in 2022. The drama of the Aragon Grand Prix has thrust Francesco Bagnaia well and truly into title contention with five races to go, and Ducati must now consider utilising a unique strength it has so far been reticent to embrace

Across the last two MotoGP rounds at Misano and last weekend at Aragon, Enea Bastianini and Francesco Bagnaia have been split by just 0.038 seconds on average at the chequered flag.

Engaging in another duel to the wire at the Aragon Grand Prix, it was Bastianini who came out on top this time with a clinically executed overtake into the Turn 7 right-hander on the final lap. Bagnaia was powerless – but also wary – to do anything, and though he emerged from the final two turns right on the Gresini Ducati’s rear wheel, his streak of four-successive victories was shattered by just 0.042s.

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