The factory Ducati rider leads the championship coming into the finale in Valencia, 21 points ahead of Pramac’s Jorge Martin.
However, Bagnaia’s weekend got off to a tough start, finishing 15th in practice and missing the Q2 cut while Martin excelled.
Bagnaia admitted he encountered issues with his Ducati, losing half a second in just three corners. Despite this setback, he remains positive about understanding where to improve his performance.
He expressed confidence in improving before the race day, emphasizing the importance of the next practice session.
Reflecting on his nerves, Bagnaia noted that he is more composed this season compared to last year when he won his first title.
The day also saw Martin trailing Bagnaia on the track in the final minutes of practice, to which Bagnaia responded by advising Martin to focus on his own performance rather than engaging in mind games.
When asked about team orders, Bagnaia refuted the idea and emphasized his determination to push for a better position despite facing tough competition.
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