Pecco Bagnaia scores fantastic first podium, Jack Miller finishes 8th in San Marino GP
What a Sunday for Pramac Racing! Pecco Bagnaia was the protagonist of a spectacular race, ended with the first fantastic podium in MotoGP. Jack Miller started very well, then the consumption of the rear tire didn’t allow him to finish the race like he wanted. Pecco returned to the saddle of his Ducati Desmosedici GP 5 weeks after the injury at Brno. After a cautious start, he pushed gaining valuable time in the lead group.
From lap nine the Italian rider built his incredible comeback until he reached the second position with seven laps to go. In the last two laps Bagnaia did his best to defend the second position from Rossi and Mir’s attack to conquer the first historic podium in his MotoGP career. Starting from the fifth position, halfway through the first lap, Jack Miller seems able to contend for the leadership of the race with Morbidelli and Rossi. From mid-race, however, his race pace is no longer incisive and forces the Australian rider to close in P8
When I arrived to Misano my goal was only to finish the race. On Saturday during FP3 when I just thought about riding I understood that I could push and my feeling when I rode was the same that I had in Jerez. The start of the race wasn’t very good, I lost some positions so I had to recover the gap with Mir. When I passed him I saw that I could reach the head group. I hadn’t thought about my leg and I thought only about my first podium in MotoGP during my home race with the fans. During the last 4 laps I felt pain but today we deserved this podium. I want to thank my team, Ducati and VR46 Riders Academy for their big support. Today this podium is for them. I’m looking forward to be back on this track.
It was a difficult race, I tried to do my best, I started very well but then I struggled a little bit and my pace was not fantastic in the end. We have some work to do till next week, but we will come back ready for the next race.