Francesco Bagnaia

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Full Name : Francesco Bagnaia

Country : Turin, Italy 🇮🇹

Career Statistics

Championships : 3 | Races : 191 | Poles : 27 | Wins : 28



Francesco Bagnaia etched his name in Ducati’s history books as the first-ever back-to-back MotoGP champion, following a season-long battle with Jorge Martin in 2023. Bagnaia’s consistent performances proved pivotal as he made fewer mistakes heading into the final showdown at Valencia. Although Martin claimed victory in the sprint race, errors by the Spaniard, as well as by KTM duo Jack Miller and Brad Binder, who both led at different stages, allowed Bagnaia to comfortably clinch the grand prix and seal the title.

In 2024, Bagnaia aims to further cement his legacy by striving to become a three-time champion for Ducati.

Francesco Bagnaia’s journey to the 2022 MotoGP title was nothing short of remarkable. He overcame a daunting 91-point deficit to clinch Ducati’s first championship since Casey Stoner in 2007 and Italy’s first since mentor Valentino Rossi in 2009.

Bagnaia’s resurgence came after a challenging start to the 2022 season. Despite being tipped as a strong contender following his impressive performances towards the end of the previous year, engine updates threw the GP22 riders off balance in the initial rounds. Bagnaia’s own costly errors led to crashes in Qatar, Le Mans, and Sachsenring, coupled with a solitary point scored in the Mandalika rain and a collision with Takaaki Nakagami in Barcelona.

By the mid-season, Bagnaia found himself trailing Yamaha’s reigning champion Fabio Quartararo by an imposing margin. However, with the GP22 performing at its peak and a newfound focus, Bagnaia embarked on a stunning comeback. Securing four wins in five events, he capitalized on Quartararo’s misfortunes, including a last-lap crash at Motegi.

The championship chase took a dramatic turn when Quartararo failed to score points in the following two rounds, propelling Bagnaia into the lead before the penultimate race at Sepang. There, he clinched a narrow victory over future teammate Enea Bastianini, putting him in a prime position to secure the title.

A tense finale at Valencia saw Bagnaia claim ninth place, sealing his well-deserved championship triumph.

Francesco Bagnaia’s path to MotoGP was marked by perseverance and talent. Rising through the ranks from Minimoto and European MiniGP racing, he joined the pre-GP 125cc category at 13, finishing as a runner-up with the Monlau Competicion team.

As an early member of the VR46 academy, Bagnaia transitioned to the CEV Moto3 series in 2012, securing third place behind Alex Marquez and Luca Amato. Despite enduring a challenging rookie campaign in Moto3 with San Carlo Team Italia, he showcased promise with the Sky VR46 squad on KTM machinery.

In 2016, Bagnaia moved up to Moto3 with Mahindra, achieving his maiden podium at Le Mans before securing a pole position and two wins during the season. His success continued in Moto2, where he joined the Sky VR46 team and emerged as the top rookie in 2017, followed by a dominant championship-winning campaign in 2018.

Earning a MotoGP seat with Pramac Ducati in 2019, Bagnaia faced initial setbacks with five DNFs in his debut season. However, he showcased resilience with solid points finishes in the latter half of the year, setting the stage for a promising sophomore season.

Moving up to the factory Ducati team in 2020, Bagnaia encountered challenges, including a leg fracture and struggles with tire performance. Nonetheless, he demonstrated glimpses of brilliance, securing his debut podium and displaying consistent speed towards the end of the season.

The breakthrough came in 2021 when Bagnaia capitalized on his potential, leading multiple races and clinching his maiden MotoGP victory at Aragon. Despite setbacks, including a crash at Mugello, he finished as the championship runner-up, laying the foundation for his back-to-back title triumphs in the following seasons.