Pecco Bagnaia will be able to run: “It will be difficult to move my leg but I will improve”


The Italian MotoGP rider Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia (Ducati) received the go-ahead from the World Cup doctors to be able to race the San Marino Grand Prix this weekend and assured that he will be “improving” from the pain he still has, after his fall in Catalonia and being hit by Brad Binder’s (KTM) motorcycle.

“I will continue my recovery all weekend and I will improve. I got on the bike earlier and I felt good. I have a big bruise on my right knee, which goes down to my foot. It will be difficult to move my leg well, but now We’ll see,” he said at a press conference.

But Bagnaia, current leader and world champion, is “delighted” to have received the ‘fit to race’. “I am delighted and lucky to be here. I thank all the work that is done at the security level, protection is the most. It was very important to be here and we have worked a lot, because it was not easy. I am very proud and it is incredible the step taken from Monday until today”, he celebrated.

Regarding his fall, he was clear and pointed to the tire as a possible cause of his inexplicable fall. “At the level of driving and mechanics we did not make any mistakes, we are waiting for Michelin to analyze the data. It was a rather strange crash. I want an answer from Michelin because I want to understand why the tire did not grip at the back when it was already hot,” he lamented. he.

“I felt that I had zero rear grip already on the warm-up lap, in which I almost fell and without pushing. And in the first corner I lost my rear, in the second as soon as I leaned and opened the throttle I completely lost the rear end,” he added. .

Specifically, about what he thought when he flew on his motorcycle while leading the race on its first lap, second corner, he stated that he had a bad time. “He was crossing his fingers that no one would touch me or run over me,” he said.

“I was lucky that five riders were already out of the race. That first crash created a gap and I was seen more clearly. Jorge Martin and Brad Binder controlled the situation, they did it well. The hit was an unfortunate circumstance,” he explained.

Bagnaia took the opportunity to lament the state of the asphalt of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. “The asphalt is a disaster, the grip is a disaster. In turn 5 it seems that you are going on ice. It has exceeded the safety limit at asphalt level. This has been another element to add to the list of factors that led to my downfall,” he argued.