Francesco Bagnaia claimed the MotoGP world crown within the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix on Sunday to drag off the best title turnaround within the championship’s historical past.
The Ducati rider, who trailed outgoing champion Fabio Quartararo by 91 factors mid-season, accomplished his astonishing comeback with ninth place behind race winner Alex Rins.
“World champion – it sounds good” mentioned Bagnaia, universally referred to as ‘Pecco’.
“That was the toughest race of my life,” the 25-year-old added.
“I used to be struggling. My goal was to be within the high 5, however I began to battle after just a few laps, however crucial factor is we’re world champions.”
Amongst these speeding to congratulate him was his mentor, Italian motorcycling legend Valentino Rossi, the final Italian to win the MotoGP title in 2009.
Additionally readily available was Giacomo Agostini, who was the final Italian to take the championship on an Italian bike 50 years in the past.
Quartararo appeared set to defend his crown after success in Germany in June.
His subsequent collapse was painful for his followers as Bagnaia reeled within the Frenchman to take a 23-point lead going into the season-finale.
That left the French rider needing to win, and Bagnaia end out of the highest 14, to retain his crown, a mission that was to show unimaginable.
Quartararo might solely muster fourth behind Rins, who was supplying Suzuki with a fairytale end result of their MotoGP swansong with the Japanese constructor pulling the plug on their MotoGP involvement.
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