Francesco Bagnaia

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Francesco Bagnaia
Francesco Bagnaia Moto3-2015.JPG
Bagnaia at the 2015 Catalan Grand Prix.
Nationality Italy Italian
Born (1997-01-14) 14 January 1997 (age 21)
Turin, Italy
Current team SKY Racing Team VR46
Bike number 42
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Moto2 World Championship
Active years20172018
ManufacturersKalex
2017 championship position5th (174 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
30 6 12 5 1 388
Moto3 World Championship
Active years20132016
ManufacturersFTR Honda, KTM, Mahindra
2016 championship position4th (145 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
69 2 7 1 2 271

Francesco "Pecco" Bagnaia (born 14 January 1997 in Turin) is an Italian Grand Prix motorcycle racer. He currently competes in the Moto2 World Championship for the VR46 team.[1]

Early career[edit]

Pre World Championship career[edit]

Born in Torino (Italy), Bagnaia was successful in Minimoto and he won the European MiniGP championship in 2009. Bagnaia made his preGP 125 mediterranean championship debut with Monlau Competicion team in 2010 and finished 2nd in the championship. In the 2012 CEV Moto3 season he rode a Honda NSF250R and finished 3rd in the championship behind Álex Márquez and Luca Amato with three podiums in seven races. Bagnaia is also a member of the VR46 riders academy.

Moto3[edit]

2013[edit]

In 2013, Bagnaia made his Grand prix debut with Team Italia FMI with Romano Fenati as his partner riding a Honda. The 2013 Moto3 season was a disappointing year for Bagnaia as he did not manage to get a single point the entire season. His best race was a 16th place finish at Sepang.

2014[edit]

In 2014, Bagnaia switched team to join Sky Racing Team by VR46 riding a KTM with same partner Romano Fenati. After failing to score points in his rookie season Bagnaia made a clear improvement after a strong pre-season and also switching bikes for the season, riding a KTM instead of Honda. He finished top 10 five times during the first 7 races with a 4th place finish at Le Mans as his best result, where he also set the fastest lap of the race. Bagnaia missed the races at Assen and Sachsenring due to injury. After scoring 42 points in the first 7 races of the campaign Bagnaia slumped badly during the second part of the season, only finishing in the points twice of the last 9 races, clearly affected by his injury. He finished the season in 16th position with 50 points.

2015[edit]

In 2015, Bagnaia made another team and bike change, this time joining Aspar Racing Team on a Mahindra and new teammates Juanfran Guevara and the reigning champion Jorge Martín where he got his first podium at the 2015 French motorcycle Grand Prix finishing the race in 3rd place behind Romano Fenati and Enea Bastianini. In the next race at Mugello Bagnaia finished 4th, missing the podium with 0.003 seconds behind his former teammate Romano Fenati. He was on his way to another podium finish at Silverstone but crashed with 2 laps remaining. Despite improving his championship position with two places and gaining 26 more points than the previous year on a new bike for the third straight season, this time a Mahindra it was still an up and down year for him. Bagnaia only finished Top 10 during races five times. He also missed points in seven races, unclassified in five of those. He finished the season down in 14th place with 76 points.

2016[edit]

In 2016, Bagnaia started the season with a podium finish at Losail and another podium finish at Jerez, finishing 3rd on both occasions. At his home race in Italy Bagnaia secured another 3rd position beating Niccolò Antonelli by 0.006 seconds. Followed by a crash at Barcelona, Bagnaia secured his first Grand Prix win at the historic Assen circuit in his 59th moto3 race and it was the first win for Mahindra too. He now had 4 podiums in the first 8 races of the season and found himself fighting for the title. After two average races and a crash at Brno, Bagnaia got his first pole position in the rain affected Silverstone and finished second behind Brad Binder in a thrilling race. Bagnaia won his second race of the season at Sepang, winning the race comfortably with a big gap after Brad Binder, Joan Mir and Lorenzo Dalla Porta all crashed out in the same corner during the beginning of the race, which was filled with multiple crashes. He finished the season with 145 points to place 4th in the Moto3 Championship with a total of 2 wins and 6 podiums. Bagnaia had an opportunity to finish 2nd in the World Championship behind Brad Binder but was unfortunately taken out in both Phillip Island and Valencia by Gabriel Rodrigo, Rodrigo pushed out Fabio Di Giannantonio in Australia who went down and collected Bagnaia with him. In Valencia Rodrigo made a highside crash on the first lap approaching the last corner, again Bagnaia went down unavoidably.

Moto2[edit]

2017[edit]

After 4 seasons in the Moto3 category Championship Bagnaia moved up to Moto2, racing for SKY Racing Team VR46 where he last rode in 2014. In just his fourth ever Moto2 race at Jerez Bagnaia finished 2nd. He finished 2nd in the next race as well at Le Mans after having qualified in 2nd place, missing pole position to Thomas Lüthi by just 0.026 seconds. Bagnaia took a third podium at Sachsenring, finishing 3rd behind Franco Morbidelli who won the race and Miguel Oliveira who came in second. At Misano Bagnaia originally finished the race 4th behind Dominique Aegerter, Thomas Lüthi, and Hafizh Syahrin however Aegerter was later disqualified promoting him to his 4th podium of the season. He was crowned Moto2 Rookie of the year after the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi. He finished his rookie season with 174 points to place 5th in the Moto2 Championship, scoring points in 16 of the 18 races.

2018[edit]

Bagnaia opened the season with a win in Qatar, having led the race from start to finish. Bagnaia took a second win in Austin after a hard fight with Álex Márquez winning the race with a gap of 2.4 seconds and also setting the fastest lap of the race. At Jerez Bagnaia finished 3rd behind Lorenzo Baldassarri and Miguel Oliveira holding his starting grid position. Bagnaia took his first first pole position in Moto2 at Le Mans, like the race in Qatar he led the race from start to finish. The win was also his 3rd podium at Le Mans since 2015. Bagnaia took a 4th win at Assen, starting the race from Pole Position and leading the entire race. After qualifying 3rd on the grid in Sachsenring Bagnaia finished the race down in 12 place, having been forced outside of the track after Mattia Pasini fell down infront of him in the last corner on the second lap, despite being down in 26th position he still made up fourteen places, including overtaking Álex Márquez in the last corner. At Brno Bagnaia finished third and lost the championship lead to Oliveira. He retook the championship lead at Austria, winning his 5th race of the season. Bagnaia won his sixth race of the season at Misano from pole position. He currently leads the Moto2 Championship with 214 points, scoring 8 podiums in 12 races, including 6 wins.

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Prix motorcycle racing[edit]

By season[edit]

Season Class Motorcycle Team Number Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2013 Moto3 FTR Honda San Carlo Team Italia 4 17 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2014 Moto3 KTM SKY Racing Team VR46 21 16 0 0 0 1 50 16th
2015 Moto3 Mahindra MAPFRE Team MAHINDRA Moto3 21 18 0 1 0 1 76 14th
2016 Moto3 Mahindra Pull & Bear Aspar Mahindra Team 21 18 2 6 1 0 145 4th
2017 Moto2 Kalex SKY Racing Team VR46 42 18 0 4 0 0 174 5th
2018 Moto2 Kalex SKY Racing Team VR46 42 12 6 8 5 1 214* 1st*
Total 99 8 19 6 3 659

By class[edit]

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
Moto3 2013-2016 2013 Qatar 2015 France 2016 Dutch TT 69 2 7 1 2 271 0
Moto2 2017-Present 2017 Qatar 2017 Spain 2018 Qatar 30 6 12 5 1 388 0
Total 2013–2018 99 8 19 6 3 659 0

Races by year[edit]

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Pos Pts
2013 Moto3 FTR Honda QAT
23
AME
22
SPA
26
FRA
20
ITA
24
CAT
17
NED
26
GER
30
IND
Ret
CZE
28
GBR
Ret
RSM
Ret
ARA
17
MAL
16
AUS
Ret
JPN
20
VAL
Ret
NC 0
2014 Moto3 KTM QAT
10
AME
7
ARG
Ret
SPA
8
FRA
4
ITA
Ret
CAT
10
NED
DNS
GER
DNS
IND
Ret
CZE
17
GBR
21
RSM
Ret
ARA
24
JPN
13
AUS
11
MAL
Ret
VAL
16
16th 50
2015 Moto3 Mahindra QAT
9
AME
Ret
ARG
11
SPA
7
FRA
3
ITA
4
CAT
20
NED
11
GER
Ret
IND
Ret
CZE
12
GBR
Ret
RSM
8
ARA
11
JPN
15
AUS
Ret
MAL
17
VAL
13
14th 76
2016 Moto3 Mahindra QAT
3
ARG
23
AME
14
SPA
3
FRA
12
ITA
3
CAT
Ret
NED
1
GER
10
AUT
11
CZE
Ret
GBR
2
RSM
21
ARA
16
JPN
6
AUS
Ret
MAL
1
VAL
Ret
4th 145
2017 Moto2 Kalex QAT
12
ARG
7
AME
16
SPA
2
FRA
2
ITA
22
CAT
13
NED
10
GER
3
CZE
7
AUT
4
GBR
5
RSM
3
ARA
10
JPN
4
AUS
12
MAL
5
VAL
4
5th 174
2018 Moto2 Kalex QAT
1
ARG
9
AME
1
SPA
3
FRA
1
ITA
4
CAT
8
NED
1
GER
12
CZE
3
AUT
1
GBR
C
RSM
1
ARA
THA
JPN
AUS
MAL
VAL
1st* 214*

* Season still in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Francesco Bagnaia". MotoGP. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 

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