Here is a brief preview of Italian Senegalese rider Pecco Bagnaia, from the 2018 season of the World Endurance Championship:
Labeled as “Pecco la Riccuita” (the power kid), the 23-year-old rider is considered one of the world’s fastest, having set multiple track records with his teammates. Picking up his racing gear at the age of 13, he has accumulated six victories, 6 podiums and 4 pole positions over a 5-year period.
One year ago this week, alongside teammate Elio de Angelis, Pecco bagged victory at a World Endurance Championship event in Bahrain.
He finished 14th in the MotoGP standings, driving at the factory Ducati team. Recently, riding the Marc VDS factory Yamaha, he reached podium finish in Germany, the 2nd in the world.
Having started racing at a young age, his age is one of his main assets, a real rookie experience to the professional paddock. While new to the F2 and MotoGP circuits, he is a “yellow head” on the FIA Formula E Championship, becoming the first Italian to pilot a F2/3 /X Cup motorcycle since 2006.
Following a year’s continued improvement, he is now a leading contender on the Yamaha team. The wildcard at the end of 2018, he caught his team principal Dai Miura’s eye. Given the success that he’s found with the Yamaha team, his bosses decided to bring him aboard with MotoGP.
At the first MotoGP test of the new season, he proved his worth once again, in an event sponsored by Marco Tronchetti Provera, where he claimed fastest lap times:
Designed and built exclusively for Yamaha F1 driver Dani Pedrosa, the new bike that will power Keke Rosberg, Mikel Astarlo and Timo Glock into action on Sunday 1st March is considered a complete revolution. The three-litre 3.7-litre engine will put out more power and horsepower than the previous model, creating a so-called “ratchettivo” that allows greater acceleration and acceleration. Its hydraulic system will extract plenty of power, lifting the new bike out of corners earlier than the previous generation.
The rider controls speed not only through the use of clutch but also by using a pan-twist mechanism, which allows the driver to utilize different gears to create a particular dynamic. The fuser and footbrake design have also been improved, allowing rider to move a fixed bike during easy stops, freeing up a set of footbears.
Pecco Bagnaia (rank: 8) finished the 2018 season on a high note, in a track record at the Auto Rally GT3 Canada presented by Kia Motors. He finished fifth, leading his teammate Timo Glock (19th).
This season marks the second coming of the Ducati Scuderia team that stars Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso.
“I want to thank Yamaha for taking me in the new bike,” commented the young rider. “We had fun with it and it was a great feeling to turn on the lights at the American Grand Prix in front of the huge crowd of MotoGP fans. Even though we’re still building a new bike and on our first test, everyone knows that it’s clear it’s a stable bike which will help the driver progress very quickly, which makes me very happy.
“I want to thank Yamaha for giving me the opportunity to test a new bike and I’m very excited to start. I want to start to win races,” concluded the young firecracker.
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