Francesco Bagnaia hinted that he is ready to respond in kind to title rival Jorge Martin’s aggressive passes during the early stages of Qatar MotoGP Sprint.
Martin’s aggressive overtakes on Bagnaia in the early laps allowed him to break away and eventually win the race. Despite his fifth-place finish, Bagnaia acknowledged Martin’s moves and the potential for an interesting race on the following day. Bagnaia attributed his inability to fight for victory to a changed feeling with the tyres, which affected his performance in the race. Losing seven points due to this issue was disappointing, but Bagnaia remained hopeful for a win the next day, as his pace was strong. However, the results of the Sprint race ensured that the championship battle will continue to the final race in Valencia.