Bagnaia thanks this team for not hanging up his helmet earlier
In an interview with SPEEDWEEK.com, MotoGP World Champion Pecco Bagnaia recalled the most difficult period of his career and revealed how Team Aspar helped him out of this crisis.
Pecco Bagnaia reached the pinnacle of his racing career to date when he won the King’s World Championship title in 2022. However, the road to get there hasn’t always been easy for the 26-year-old contender. the SPEEDWEEK.comIn an interview with , he revealed why he sometimes considers giving up.
Bagnaia started his career at the Spanish CEV Repsol Championships in 2012, where he finished third behind Alex Marquez and Germany’s Luca Amato.
“There I always fought ahead against Reigns and Marquez, but then I realized that I was not ready for the world championship, so I wanted to stay in the Spanish championship for another year.”
Soon, Pecco Bagnaia could become the most successful Ducati rider ever in the Premier class
However, the Italian’s plans changed when he made his Moto3 debut on a FTR Honda alongside Romano Fenati for Team Italia in 2013. Bagnaia later said: “It was the biggest mistake of my career. I was Dorna’s competitor and they wanted to see me in the World Championship. Hence the hasty move.”
The season was disappointing. Bagnaia hasn’t even made the top 15 in 17 races.
“These experiences now help me deal with difficult situations because I learned at that time to never give up.”
For the 2015 season, the Ducati star moved to the Jorge Martinez factory team, where the first successes came gradually. His first Moto3 podium at Le Mans was followed by two wins in 2016, followed by four more third-place finishes and a fourth-place World Championship finish.
In La Liga, Bagnaia also learned Spanish with Aspar Martínez and sometimes visits today the team to which he owed his success at the time.
“They gave me the motivation at that time to get to the top again. I am grateful to them for that.”
Team Aspar has been a constant staple on the GP circuit for years and has helped many riders succeed in the Moto3 and Moto2 classes. In the past, riders like Mattia Pasini, Alvaro Bautista, Nicolas Tyrol, Jonas Folger and Jorge Martin have brought countless successes to the team, including four 125cc world titles and two Moto3 titles through Albert Arenas (2020) and Izan Guevara (2022).