Why the 2023 MotoGP title battle has already begun
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Why the 2023 MotoGP title battle has already begun

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Since Ducati announced the arrival of Enea Bastianini to its factory team for 2023, the staging of the four-time race winner has strained the atmosphere within the Italian manufacturer, which has raised its guard in anticipation of what may happen between him and championship favourite Francesco Bagnaia

Ducati is living one of the most important moments in its history: everything seems ready for Francesco Bagnaia to win the second MotoGP title in the history of the company - 15 years after Casey Stoner won his first championship in 2007 - in Valencia on Sunday. The achievement of Bagnaia would be historic, and even more so if we take into account that to achieve it he cut a gap of 91 points over Fabio Quartararo, who held onto the championship lead from Portugal to Australia, to head into the finale in Valencia 23 points clear of the Yamaha rider.

However, in the midst of a scenario of such magnitude for the Italian brand, a discordant element has crept in that has triggered comments on the alleged aid received by Bagnaia to achieve the title in the form of factory orders - a situation that is not sitting well at Ducati.

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