Francesco Bagnaia admits that he is angry about pitting for a wet-tire bike at the end of the Austrian GP.
Sunday’s MotoGP race at Red Bull Ring was surely one of the craziest races in the championship’s history. Brad Binder won the event, riding on slicks on a wet race track as he was the only one from the leading pack to stay out on track. Bagnaia crossed the finish line second after an astonishing final lap. However, he was still not happy with a lost opportunity of a race win.
“I arrived to them, I overtook Taka [Nakagami] in the braking of Turn 4 and I think the other riders from Turn 6 to Turn 7,” the Ducati rider reflected on the last lap. “It was nice. I overtook [Iker] Lecuona in Turn 8 and then nobody was in front.
“I was not thinking I was on the podium because I just counted six riders, so I thought I was fourth, but then when I look at the big screen I see that I was second, so I was a bit happier.
“But the first feeling was I was angry at the start of the lap.”
Bagnaia’s teammate Jack Miller was among the first riders to change bikes, but only managed to finish 11th. He admitted that he had no other option if he wanted to catch the leaders after a difficult opening stretch.
“I felt I rode really well today, I just didn’t have the performance to stay with the other guys,” he commented. “They were riding quite well. I really fought all the way to the end, and I was really suffering a lot towards the end of the race.
“I kind of had to throw a joker at it, I saw the rain at the top of the hill with like six laps to go.
“So, I was like ‘I’m going to have to do it’, just try it and see what happens because it was the only hope I had to maybe put the wets on a little earlier and it bucket down and we’d be able to pass the other guys, whether they would be on track or making the pitstop. But it wasn’t to be, unfortunately.
“It just wasn’t our day, so we keep moving forward and we don’t give up.