MotoGP News | 15 years, Bagnaia finally leads Ducati to victory 2022

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A long time in coming for MotoGP News, the Italian has followed in the footsteps of Casey Stoner to bring the Riders’ Championship to the Bologna bullets.

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And it wasn’t only because we crowned a first-time Champion in the top class; Sunday was a historic day in Valencia for many reasons for MotoGP News. Francesco Bagnaia ended a 15-year winless streak for Ducati and an Italian championship drought of 13 years by storming back from 91 points behind to win the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship.

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A Distance from Motegi to Valencia

Consider that 15 years ago at MotoGP News, Ducati was still reveling in Casey Stoner’s 2007 Riders’ Championship win. It is surprising that it took the Borgo Panigale plant another 15 years to throw another party.

Despite having a great start with Ducati, Stoner was never able to repeat his early success and had to move to Honda in 2011 to win the title again. The Bologna bullets replaced the Australian by signing nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi.

Despair of the Doctor

It seemed like a perfect fit at the MotoGP News. One of Italy’s most famous musicians rides a motorcycle made in Italy. Rossi and Ducati seemed to be the first rider and manufacturer to win the World Championship together since Giacomo Agostini and MV Agusta in 1972.

The transition from his Yamaha to the Desmosedici was more difficult than he had anticipated. So difficult that for the first time since his Championship debut, Rossi completed the full season without a victory, finishing the year on the third step of the podium instead.

The next year was just as busy, but he and Ducati continued to have bad luck, as he only managed to earn two podium finishes. It was deemed a failure at the conclusion of the season, and Rossi went back to Yamaha and the championship fight the next season.

Creation of DesmoDovi

It was not until 2016 that one of Ducati’s riders claimed the checkered flag first at the MotoGP News, as Andrea Iannone won the Austrian GP. The following years were difficult for Ducati, as riders like Nicky Hayden and Cal Crutchlow were unable to get them to the top step. The last time a Ducati had won was in 2010, Stoner’s last year.

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While they were out on their dry spell, a rising star was emerging from their ranks. A member of Ducati since 2013, Andrea Dovizioso won the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix despite heavy rain. That was only the beginning at the MotoGP News; he went on to win six races the next year while giving Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) a tough battle right up to the season’s last round. Dovi finished higher in the Championship standings than star recruit and five-time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Dovizioso added four more wins and finished second to Marquez in 2018; in 2019, he repeated the feat, finishing second for the third year in a row as the rest of the field was once again dominated by Marquez, this time as the Repsol Honda rider racked up an unbelievable point total.

Dovizioso was unable to win a championship despite his best efforts, but he did do something no one else had: he made the Desmosedici a legitimate weapon.

There’s a fresh swell on the horizon

The next year, 2020 on MotoGP News, Ducati risked on youth by elevating the Pramac duo of Pecco Bagnaia and Jack Miller to the factory squad, replacing Danilo Petrucci and Dovi. After giving Pecco his first taste of a factory bike during the 2018 season’s finale, they were clearly placing a large wager on him.

With Rossi’s guidance, Bagnaia had a chance to fulfill the lofty expectations placed on his teacher a decade before. And things have gotten off to a fine start, with a podium finish on the first night of the Qatar GP. Following several further podium finishes, his breakthrough triumph came in the thrilling GP of Aragon, when he kept his cool against Marc Marquez’s dogged pursuit.