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November 28, 2023

Francesco Bagnaia and Ducati become 2023 MotoGP World Champions

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Photo: 2023 MotoGP World Champion Francesco Bagnaia. Image provided by & copyright © Ducati.

Bologna, Italy, November 28, 2023 — Francesco Bagnaia, riding for the Ducati Lenovo Team, has secured his second consecutive MotoGP World Championship title, making history as the first Italian rider to win in MotoGP with an Italian motorcycle. Bagnaia’s victory came in the final race of the season held at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Cheste, where he won the Valencia GP. His success this year, with seven victories in 20 Grand Prix races, including four wins in the Saturday Sprint races introduced this year, cements his position as one of the greatest riders of his generation. He reconfirms his place at the world’s top with his Ducati Desmosedici GP.

Bagnaia’s journey this year was emotional and eventful, with notable successes at Portim, Jerez, Mugello, the Netherlands, and Austria. His march towards a second title seemed unstoppable until a dramatic accident at Barcelona halted his rise. However, with a spectacular victory in Indonesia, he resumed his climb to the top of the World Championship from the thirteenth position on the grid.

The fight for the world title became a head-to-head between Bagnaia and his Ducati teammate Jorge Marti­n, who was in tune with his Pramac Racing team Desmosedici GP. However, Bagnaia’s response was quick, and he inherited the lead on lap 19 at Valencia when Miller (KTM) crashed at Turn 11. Martin made a late braking move on Pecco to try to take the lead at Turn 1 of lap 2, but they touched, and the Spaniard went wide. Martin then crashed out on lap 6, ending the title battle.

Ducati is now gearing up to celebrate its victories in the MotoGP World Championships and the titles won in Superbike and Supersport. The celebration is set to take place on December 15 in Bologna, where all the key players involved in these successes will come together to commemorate this unforgettable season with the public.

Source: Ducati

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