The revenge of the Europeans with the title of Ducati in MotoGP

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The revenge of the Europeans with the title of Ducati in MotoGP

An event took place on Sunday in Valencia. For the first time since 2007, a rider riding a European motorcycle has become world champion. And if Francesco Bagnaia is the rider of the year, Ducati is without question the manufacturer of the season.

After fifteen years of Japanese domination, via Honda, Yamaha or Suzuki, Europe, and more precisely Italy, has finally succeeded in imposing itself.

At 25, Pecco Bagnaia became the seventh Italian to triumph in the premier class after Umberto Masetti, Libero Liberati, Giacomo Agostini, Marco Lucchinelli, Franco Uncini and Valentino Rossi, who last won the country’s title in 2009.

For Ducati, it’s back to the top, 15 years after Casey Stoner’s title. And the Italian manufacturer has won everything this year: the Team Championship with the Ducati Lenovo Team, which is ahead of Red Bull KTM by 117 points, as well as that of the manufacturers (Ducati is ahead of Yamaha by 192 points!).

The title awarded to Japanese brands between 1973 and 2007

A statistic sums up the exceptional side of this season: the last European champion on a European motorcycle is the Briton Phil Read, crowned in 1974 with MV Agusta. And to find an Italian champion on an Italian motorcycle, you have to go back two years earlier, in 1972, with Giacomo Agostini, who was also present in Valencia, just like Valentino Rossi, there too with MV Agusta.

Already, between 1973 and 2007, the title had returned only to Japanese brands, before this one shot from Ducati. What will it be in the years to come? Will European manufacturers, led by Ducati, be able to ride this wave? On the Japanese side, Suzuki is leaving, leaving Honda and Yamaha alone. On the European side, things are progressing, with Aprilia and KTM also able to score regular podiums.

“I really believe this can be the start of a very positive journey for Ducati. »

Claudio Domenicali, boss of Ducati

Inevitably, at Ducati, we believe in it. Today the team is stronger than it has ever been and this result is extremely important to take that pressure off and be more focused than ever in order to do well in the future.commented Claudio Domenicali, the boss of the constructor. I really believe this can be the start of a very positive journey for Ducati. »

The brand from Borgo Panigale, a district of Bologna, had already won the constructors’ titles for the past two seasons. But while Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Andrea Ianonne or Jorge Lorenzo had failed to offer the riders’ title to Ducati after the departure of Stoner in 2010, Bagnaia succeeded in doing so in his second season in the official team, after having already finished vice – champion in 2021.

A season full of controversy

The Desmosedici, once famous for being very difficult to tame, has now become the best bike on the board. The brand has always been on the front row for 40 Grands Prix and remains on 26 consecutive podiums. And Pecco embodies the present and the future of a manufacturer, for whom all is not rosy.

Because controversies have punctuated the season against the armada of Ducati racing cars: eight motorcycles divided into four teams (Ducati Lenovo Team, Gresini Racing, Mooney VR46 and Pramac).

Their rivals obviously did not appreciate this domination and made it known, also suspecting the riders of the Ducati clan of helping each other via more or less accepted instructions.

Criticisms that the Italian clan, which has worked hard and taken risks since 2015 to make its motorcycle a winning machine, brushed aside a few weeks ago.

Honda ruled for ten years and no one complainedreplied for example Luca Marini, pilot of the VR46 satellite team. You just have to try to improve. Spend more money or do a better job. »

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