Reigning world champion Bagnaia will probably be joined on the manufacturing facility squad by four-time race winner Bastianini in 2023 after he fought off Pramac’s Jorge Martin to say the manufacturing facility seat vacated by KTM’s new signing Jack Miller.
There have been a number of flash factors throughout the 2022 season by which Bagnaia and Bastianini locked horns on observe, most notably on the penultimate spherical of the marketing campaign in Malaysia when the previous might have wrapped up the championship.
Ducati then needed to discipline questions concerning a probably tense relationship between both riders as team-mates in 2023 – although Ciabatti instructed Autosport final November that it was “a luxurious” to have the line-up it does.
In an interview with Autosport’s Spanish language sister web site Motorsport.es on the Sepang pre-season take a look at earlier this month, Ciabatti says there was no discussions since concerning primary rider standing inside the group and believes Bastianini will probably be extra “calm” in 2023 than he was final 12 months.
Enea Bastianini and Francesco Bagnaia will probably be team-mates at Ducati in 2023
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“What wanted to be clarified was already achieved final 12 months,” Ciabatti mentioned at Sepang. “Enea wished to show that he deserved the official bike.
“Now that he has it, his mentality has modified and he has understood that he has to work along with Pecco. We see them each with the identical potentialities to struggle for all the pieces.
“Final 12 months, Enea had a unique motivation than now. I hope I am not flawed, however I believe we will probably be fairly calm as a result of Enea is aware of he has extra duty.”
Ducati loved a clear sweep of the three days of testing in Malaysia, with VR46 rider Luca Marini topping the outing general with a 1m57.889s on his 2022-spec bike forward of Bagnaia.
The manufacturing facility riders felt the 2023 Desmosedici was already on the degree of the title-winning 2022 bike and at the moment are in search of refinements on the second take a look at in Portugal subsequent month earlier than the season begins on 26 March on the Algarve Worldwide circuit.