Francesco Bagnaia believes Jorge Martin will have to go on the attack at this weekend’s 2023 MotoGP season-finale.
Bagnaia continues to outperform his rival, extending his lead in the MotoGP standings to 23 points. With only 37 points left to earn, Bagnaia is now the clear favorite to win the championship again, while Martin would need to win both remaining races. Bagnaia expressed surprise at Martin’s low position during the race and admitted that he hadn’t noticed him behind. This is the first time Martin is fighting for the world title in his MotoGP career, while Bagnaia’s experience from the previous year has been valuable. Despite the pressure to secure Ducati’s first title in over a decade, Bagnaia feels more confident and believes they are in the best position. During the Qatar MotoGP, Di Giannantonio received a team order message but continued to attack due to a different meaning behind it this time. Bagnaia was unaware of the message and praised Di Giannantonio’s pace.