Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia has said that he is determined to get a good result at Jerez after the stewards took away a pole position at Portimao.

Bagnaia comes into Jerez second in the title, 15 points down on leader Fabio Quartararo. It could have been less had his pole position not been taken away due to a yellow flag, leaving him starting 11th. He made it up to second, though. Aided by others crashing, he took his second podium of the year, still far behind the dominant Yamaha of Fabio Quartararo.

Speaking ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend, Bagnaia made no secret of his motivation and desire for more.

“After the second place in the last round at Portimão, where I struggled a lot in 2020, I arrive at the Spanish GP full of energy and determination,” said Bagnaia.

“Last year I was very competitive at Jerez, and this year I feel I can be even stronger, although obviously, we’ll have to see how this weekend develops. I feel very comfortable with the team, and we’re doing a really good job together, so I’m confident that we can have another good race on Sunday.”

Ducati teammate Jack Miller hasn’t had it all his own way this season, languishing 12th in the standings after a string of disappointments, including a crash in Portugal.

“I’m really excited to be back racing at Jerez, a track where I was very competitive last year, finishing fourth in the Spanish GP,” Miller said.

“The first races of 2021 were quite difficult, but my feeling with the Desmosedici is good, and after the operation on my right forearm, I didn’t have any more arm pump issues during the weekend. I am confident I can have a good race this Sunday.”

MotoGP is back on track this Friday for the Spanish Grand Prix.

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