Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia has indicated that he is still calm and relaxed but that the pressure will undoubtedly come on Sunday at Sepang MotoGP.
It is likely that Bagnaia will already win the world championship this weekend given his current performance and how great the Ducati Desmocedici GP22 is right now, but on the other hand, he has also made a lot of mistakes this season.
The Italian crashed five times during a MotoGP race; no rider has ever won the world championship in the premier class with so many mistakes.
“Right now I’m pretty calm because I finally know our potential can be high. If we keep working like we did in the second half of the season, we can do a really good job.” Bagnaia said.
“The main question here is the weather conditions, as it looks like it could rain on Saturday and Sunday, but we’ll see. It always very difficult to predict the weather here, but I think if we work well, we have a great opportunity.” Bagnaia added.
By turning a 91-point deficit into a 14-point lead over reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo, Bagnaia has already broken a record for the biggest turnaround in motorsport history in terms of points.
“Certainly, an Italian hasn’t won the MotoGP title since 2009 and Ducati hasn’t won the [riders] title since 2007. It would be my first title in MotoGP, so the pressure is definitely there.” Bagnaia said.
“I feel like I’m going to get that pressure, but right now I’m pretty calm. I know we did something really good this year, but we still have the job to do and that’s what I’m focusing on right now.” he added.
Sepang hosts Bagnaia’s first chance to take that first premier class championship, with four contenders remaining.