Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaya was at a complete loss to explain his crash at the German Grand Prix – but he said it showed MotoGP rival Fabio Quartaro was simply “more complete”.
At the start of the fourth lap Bagnia was running behind Quartaro, when he lost the rear of his bike while exiting the first corner, standing on top of the Desmosedici, completely ruined in shock and desperation as the accident had clearly confused him.
His Ducati teammate Jack Miller backed Bagnia after the race, saying he “did nothing wrong” and was simply unlucky in the treacherous low grip conditions of the start, which also caught the likes of Joan Meir, Darin Binder. Had taken. and Takaki Nakagami.
But while Bagnia himself was shocked, he did not so much absolve himself of the blame as he lamented the fact that he could not understand the accident.
“I … trying to live again, I don’t know, repeat in my mind, what happened. And in none of this I can explain my accident,” he later said.
“Sure, if I crash, it’s because I made a mistake. Sure. But in this situation it’s very difficult to know why, looking at the data, it’s impossible to figure things out.”
“I can’t explain it. I’m so angry for it. Because when you crash and you know why it’s your fault, I’m usually very self-critical. But today I can’t be.”
“Because the reason I crash is something I can’t imagine. It’s more difficult to understand, it’s more difficult to accept.”
“The only positive is that we were on top again, we were the fastest… and I think looking at the pace, we had more potential. But … it is once more that Fabio is demonstrating that Fabio is more complete than me.”
Asked to elaborate on which aspect Quartaro was more complete, Bagnia quipped: “Finishing race. Because he’s always on top.
“He never makes mistakes. Surely maybe his bike helps him make fewer mistakes. I don’t know. If I’m looking at his bike and their combination [Quartararo and his Yamaha]It is that they are strong on time attack, strong on speed, strong in running, that is more complete for that.
“I have four zeros [non-scores] this year. This weekend I was competitive, I was faster than him – but he won and I crashed.
MotoGP.com analyst Simon Kraffer, looking at the crash, suggested that it was caused by a combination of low grip and Bagnia potentially taking a bit more speed into the corner, changing his exit pattern.
Bagania himself insisted that he was not emphasizing that point, and his plan – after a failed second-lap lunge to take the lead from Quartaro – was to “let Fabio go” and take the lead in the second half. Had to prepare a counter-attack. race.
“I did 70 laps a day, every day, over 70 laps. In none of them, I felt such a close thing. I’ve never had an accident like this in my life. Just in the field [owned by mentor Valentino Rossi], But at the farm I’m on an enduro track so it’s easy to get [that kind of crash],
“It’s so hard to know why. My lean angle was the same. The speed was the same. I turned more to get out. It’s so hard to understand why I crashed.”
“That’s the hardest thing about this moment. Because maybe our bikes, all bikes now, are living in a margin like this and if you go wide you crash. But my crash today Very, very over the limit, I think.”
A pre-season favourite, Bagnia finished the German GP 91 points off Quartaro.