Luca Marini admitted for the first time that he, and perhaps others, are treating Francesco Bagnaia differently in the MotoGP title fight.
Bagnaia’s strong connections to the VR46 academy have earned him many friends on the MotoGP grid, evident in the recent races where his competitors, like Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio, have protected his position. However, Luca Marini admitted in the post-race press conference that he treats Bagnaia differently at this point in the season. Although Marini aims to beat him, he recognizes Bagnaia’s exceptional performance and strong start in the race. Marini secured his first podium since COTA and believes he could have challenged Bagnaia and Di Giannantonio if not for his early battle with Alex Marquez and Brad Binder. Despite losing the opportunity to fight for the victory, Marini managed his tires well and expressed satisfaction with his performance over the weekend.