Bagnaia “doesn’t need team orders” to win the MotoGP title 2022

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Francesco Bagnaia claims that in order to win the 2022 MotoGP title, he “doesn’t need aid” from team directives imposed by Ducati.

After overcoming a 91-point deficit following the German GP in June, the Italian is now just 10 points behind the current world champion Fabio Quartararo in the standings.

Bagnaia’s lead over Quartararo, though, could have been just five points if Enea Bastianini hadn’t defeated him last weekend in Aragon, prompting fresh concerns about Ducati team directives.

Although Ducati has maintained its stance that it will not prevent any of its riders from competing for a victory across its four representative squads, Bagnaia claims he doesn’t require any team orders to help him.

If there had been any team orders talks within Ducati, Bagnaia responded, “Sincerely, I don’t think that I need help to be in front.”

“I prefer to win on track and not because someone let me past. But in any case, I’m not inside of this decision. It’s something that for sure I’ve said my desire, which is to let me do what I want to do.

“And if they decide something different, it’s not something to do with me.

“So, I will be racing, I will try to be in front and I will try to win. This will be my main goal, like I did in Misano and in Aragon.”

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Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Corse (Source: Twitter)

On his 2021-spec Ducati, Gresini’s Bastianini, who is 48 points behind Quartararo in the championship standings, claims he hasn’t received any orders from the Italian manufacturer to assist Bagnaia this weekend at the Japanese GP.

When asked about team directives, he responded, “There is a big question regarding this issue.

“My feeling is good and I think also Ducati wants this for the moment.

“I haven’t team orders for the moment and we will see during the future what happens if Pecco is in front.” He stated.

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