Bagnaia stormed to his third-successive pole and fourth total in 2021 with a lap 0.348-seconds away from the sector in Saturday’s qualifying on the Circuit of the Americas.
The Ducati rider has transformed his final two poles at Misano and Aragon into victories and has given himself an out of doors shot on the championship, having closed down Fabio Quartararo’s benefit to 48 factors with 4 races remaining this season.
Rossi – who helped develop Bagnaia in his VR46 Academy – says the Ducati rider’s lap was “gorgeous” and that it’s “an excellent pleasure” to look at him experience the Desmosedici.
“About Pecco, Pecco is spectacular,” mentioned Rossi, who certified twentieth after a crash. “It’s his third pole place in a row with a shocking lap. He’s in an excellent, nice form.
“It’s nice enjoyable to have a look at him experience, it’s an excellent pleasure as a result of he rides the Ducati on the prime. It’s an extended, very long time that I don’t see a Ducati like this. So, I’m very joyful for Pecco.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Crew
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Bagnaia’s qualifying consequence at COTA makes him the primary Italian in MotoGP since Rossi in 2009 to attain three back-to-back poles and is the primary Ducati rider to attain the feat since Casey Stoner in 2008.
When requested by Autosport about Rossi’s reward and what matching his pole stat from 2009 meant to him, Bagnaia replied: “It implies that I did three poles in a row!
“So, I’m joyful however I feel it doesn’t change an excessive amount of. We’re right here simply to attempt to open the championship and one of the best place to begin is pole place, and we achieved it once more. Nevertheless it doesn’t change an excessive amount of I feel.”
Bagnaia went on to elucidate that he has been in a position to experience the Ducati so effectively this 12 months as a result of a mentality change in 2021, whereas additionally adapting the bike to swimsuit his cornering fashion higher.
“After I began with Ducati I used to be all the time crashing, my feeling was by no means superb, and I used to be making an attempt to push however my driving fashion was not adapting to the Ducati,” he added. “So, in Moto2 I used to be all the time with numerous nook pace and in Moto2 you may’t brake so exhausting as a result of the rear is sliding all the time.
“So, once I arrived to MotoGP within the first take a look at I used to be quick, however simply because I used to be doing time assaults. And it’s one thing that I realized after, as a result of in MotoGP the highest riders by no means do a time assault [in testing] aside from perhaps the primary take a look at of the season.
“However from Qatar [in 2019], we have now began to work with [the] used tyre, I used to be in hassle and I used to be not feeling good. And till this 12 months I used to be all the time and not using a good feeling.
“Final 12 months I did some good races, however this 12 months I feel I modified a bit my mentality on the bike. I really feel that I do know very effectively this bike and I adapt very effectively on the braking as a result of now I can cease the bike superb and I really feel nice.
“And in addition, I adapt the setting of my Ducati to the nook pace, as a result of our bike will not be so quick in the midst of the nook. However this 12 months we did an excellent job and now the bike [is] extra suited to that.”