Francesco Bagnaia Affirms He Doesn't Need Team Orders to Win the MotoGP World Championship

Francesco Bagnaia
(source :Ronny Hartmann / AFP)

Francesco Bagnaia, the Ducati Lenovo rider, missed out on clinching the MotoGP German title at the Sachsenring circuit on Sunday, June 18, 2023. Bagnaia was defeated in a fierce battle with Jorge Martin from the Pramac Ducati team, who managed to overtake him just before the finish line.

Jorge Martin's victory brought him closer to Francesco Bagnaia in the championship standings. He now trails Bagnaia by only 16 points in the current MotoGP 2023 standings.

Given that Bagnaia's rival comes from the Ducati team, speculations arose regarding the possibility of team orders in such a crucial moment in MotoGP 2023. However, Bagnaia immediately dismissed these speculations.

He stated that he does not want to see any team orders in the pursuit of the MotoGP World Championship title in 2023. Bagnaia declared that he does not require assistance from other riders to become a champion.

"I don't want team orders, and I don't like team orders. Everything depends on the skills of each rider. Enea could have won last year, but I asked the team not to give him any chance to win," Bagnaia said, as quoted by Crash.

"This year is the same because I believe in myself, and I know that my potential is good enough. I don't need help. I want to do it on my own, and we can fight to win."

Intense Battle at the Sachsenring Circuit in the MotoGP German Race

The race's outcome seemed to mirror what happened in the sprint race. However, during the sprint race, Bagnaia was left trailing behind despite finishing in second place.

"I really enjoyed the race; it was more fun than yesterday. It was a truly tight battle," Bagnaia said, as quoted by Crash.

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"I tried everything, but Jorge Martin was faster. Maybe in the last lap, I was more competitive. But I didn't have a chance to try and overtake."

Bagnaia Collides with Jorge Martin, Losing the Opportunity to Overtake

Francesco Bagnaia
(source: Ronny HARTMANN / AFP)

There was one moment where Bagnaia appeared to collide with the rear of Jorge Martin's motorcycle. Fortunately, this incident did not cause both riders to fall.

"I tried to position myself better in the last two laps, but I bumped into him and lost a bit of time," he said.

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"However, I'm happy with everything. The steps we took on Saturday were quite significant, and we should be satisfied with that."

Results of the German MotoGP Race

Position-Rider-Nationality-Team (Motorcycle)-Gap

1 Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP23) 40m 52.449s

2 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP23) +0.064s

3 Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati (GP23) +7.013s

4 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22) +8.430s

5 Luca Marini ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22) +11.679s

6 Jack Miller AUS Red Bull KTM (RC16) +11.904s

7 Alex Marquez SPA Gresini Ducati (GP22) +14.040s

8 Enea Bastianini ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP23) +14.859s

9 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Ducati (GP22) +17.061s

10 Miguel Oliveira POR RNF Aprilia (RS-GP22) +19.648s

11 Augusto Fernandez SPA Tech3 GASGAS (RC16)* +19.997s

12 Franco Morbidelli ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +22.949s

13 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +25.117s

14 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) +25.327s

15 Raul Fernandez SPA RNF Aprilia (RS-GP22) +25.503s

16 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP23) +28.543s

17 Jonas Folger GER Tech3 GASGAS (RC16) +48.962s

DNF

Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16)

Maverick Viñales SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP23)

MotoGP Standings After Jorge Martin's Win in Germany

Jorge Martin's win
(source : AFP)
Position-Rider-Nationality-Team (Motorcycle)-Gap

1 Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP23) 40m 52.449s

2 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP23) +0.064s

3 Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati (GP23) +7.013s

4 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22) +8.430s

5 Luca Marini ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22) +11.679s

6 Jack Miller AUS Red Bull KTM (RC16) +11.904s

7 Alex Marquez SPA Gresini Ducati (GP22) +14.040s

8 Enea Bastianini ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP23) +14.859s

9 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Ducati (GP22) +17.061s

10 Miguel Oliveira POR RNF Aprilia (RS-GP22) +19.648s

11 Augusto Fernandez SPA Tech3 GASGAS (RC16)* +19.997s

12 Franco Morbidelli ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +22.949s

13 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +25.117s

14 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) +25.327s

15 Raul Fernandez SPA RNF Aprilia (RS-GP22) +25.503s

16 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP23) +28.543s

17 Jonas Folger GER Tech3 GASGAS (RC16) +48.962s

DNF

Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16)

Maverick Viñales SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP23)

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