Bagnaia crashed out of final yr’s European GP on the Ricardo Tormo circuit having certified seventeenth, whereas he light to eleventh from eighth on the grid within the following Valencia GP.
This adopted a pattern of poor kind on the Spanish venue all through the 2021 MotoGP championship runner-up’s grand prix profession, with a damaged collarbone forcing him out of the 2019 version.
However Bagnaia ended Friday’s mixed running third overall and just 0.068 seconds off the tempo, main him to declare it “my finest Friday ever in Valencia”.
“Yeah, I’m completely satisfied as a result of I feel it’s my finest Friday ever in Valencia,” Bagnaia stated.
“So, I loved as we speak so much. This morning with moist situations I used to be feeling nice and this afternoon from the beginning I used to be feeling nice, just like the final races.
“We managed to attempt various things and we already know how to work for the subsequent days. And I really feel nice, so I really feel very completely satisfied.
“I began properly with the sensation, with the bike and with the grip.
“So, in comparison with final yr it’s completely one other world.
“But it surely’s not the primary event that I really feel higher and stronger, so possibly it’s as a result of I began working higher, possibly as a result of I really feel higher with the whole lot.
“So, I really feel like I’m robust right here for the primary time.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Staff
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Bagnaia’s team-mate Jack Miller topped Friday’s operating by 0.012s on the sister manufacturing unit staff Ducati, however had an embarrassing crash in FP1 when he slid off his bike having run huge at Flip 1 onto the painted run-off space.
Explaining the crash, Miller stated: “I had no likelihood in any respect. I went in there just a little bit scorching.
“I felt good, I went in there just a little bit scorching. I assumed ‘you understand what, it’s FP1, simply run just a little bit huge, will probably be okay’.
“I didn’t wish to power it and possibly have the prospect of crashing at Flip 1.
“So, I assumed I’ll run onto the painted shit, I used to be not too leaned over so I didn’t suppose it was too dangerous.
“However as quickly as I hit that stuff it was like I hit ice.
“I don’t know if it was the paint or if there was a number of standing water on it, as a result of you possibly can’t actually see something, there’s no depth notion over these white and orange strains.
“But it surely positively caught me off guard.”