Bagnaia stormed to a maiden victory in MotoGP two weeks ago in Aragon when he beat Honda’s Marc Marquez in an exciting duel and added another to his count after fighting for championship leader Fabio Quartararo in Misano the following week.
This was Ducati’s fifth victory in 2021 after back-to-back victories for Jack Miller in Jerez and Le Mans and a famous maiden victory for Pramac rookie Jorge Martin in Austria.
In addition to his five victories, Ducati has also had success on the podium with all his teams and five out of his six riders, with rookie Enea Bastianini guiding her two-year-old Avintia bike to third in Misano.
Only Yamaha has exceeded Ducati’s sailing this year by six – although five of them have been in the hands of Fabio Quartararo, with Maverick Vinales securing the other.
Suzuki has yet to win a grand prix in a difficult title defense season for the reigning champions and team champions, a consequence of a GSX-RR package that has evolved slightly from its predecessor in 2020.
Speaking after crashing fourth place in Misano while trying to chase Bastianini, Rins says he believes Ducati has taken a giant leap forward in 2021 – highlighting how it has been able to improve on its traditional weakness with to reverse.
“I’ve definitely seen Ducati five steps ahead,” Rins said.
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
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“I think they are quite strong. This crash happened maybe because I was trying to maintain the same pace [as Bastianini].
“Joan [Mir] and I, we try to do our best with Suzuki.
“Joan is definitely fighting for the World Cup, I have nothing to lose, so I tried to be a little non-aggressive, but went more to the limit.
“Sometimes I pass [the limit] and I crash.
“They are quite better than us. I would like to say in all the races because the Ducati used to be a bike that only worked well in the stop-and-go tracks.
“Now they work well in almost all tracks.
“In Aragon, Pecco did a fantastic race when he overtook Marc, the bike was super. Also this number [Misano] is a very small track and they were able to turn well. ”
Teammate Mir admitted after finishing in sixth place in Misano that his title chances were almost gone, expressing that he was “angry” at the fact as he feels he has ridden much better in 2021.