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Francesco Bagnaia has apologized to his Ducati MotoGP team for his ?big mess? crash on the final lap of the Japanese GP at Motegi, which he has taken full responsibility for.

Bagnaia had endured a difficult race but was still in with a strong chance of reducing Fabio Quartararo’s championship lead as he hounded the Yamaha man for eighth place on the final lap.

However, Bagnaia then fell at Turn 3 while in Quartararo’s wheeltracks, taking his deficit to the Frenchman from 10 points to 18 with four races to go.

Ducati MotoGP chief Davide Tardozzi reportedly told BT Sport post-race that Bagnaia had apologised to the outfit, and Bagnaia himself has corroborated that.

Francesco Bagnaia Davide Tardozzi Ducati MotoGP

“Absolutely,” said Bagnaia when asked if he was frustrated. ?I made a huge mistake. I made a huge mistake.

?I struggled today traction ? on overtaking because my today wasn’t the best, I was losing a bit of time on acceleration. I was so strong on the braking.

?I was a bit too optimistic in this case. The only good thing, the only luck we had, is that I didn’t touch Fabio in my crash so I didn’t disturb his race. Because it has been a big mess from me, and I’m not happy about it.”

“I didn’t see but I heard him crash,” was Quartararo’s take, Bagnaia’s bike having come perilously close to wiping him out as well. ?I think he didn’t crash so far from me. Pfff.”

Bagnaia was seen raising his hands in annoyance after the crash, which could have been interpreted as irritation with Quartararo closing the gap that Bagnaia had tried to go for ? but he has since made it clear his frustration was only with ?myself, because I think I did an idiot manoeuvre?.

He also reportedly dubbed it a ?f***-up? talking to Italian media.

Francesco Bagnaia Ducati MotoGP Motegi crash

Bagnaia admitted his front tire pressure was spiking as he ran in the pack, something he reckoned was an uncommon circumstance for him in 2022 and one ?we weren’t prepared for?. But he made clear this wasn’t the cause of his crash.

“Just what I want to say, I didn’t crash for that – I crashed because I did a mistake, and I already said sorry to my team.”

It was pointed out to Bagnaia that he was effectively fighting for one point and instead ended up costing himself seven.

?One point can make the difference. I was trying to do it. But I was too ambitious, maybe. Because finishing behind Fabio – or waiting to have a better opportunity to overtake in a safer mode – was for sure better, thinking after the race.

?But in that moment, when I’m racing, I’m always thinking on big things, and my ambition was to overtake Fabio and then try to be close to Maverick [Vinales, not far ahead in seventh] if he was doing some mistakes, and try to overtake him.

?So, I was ambitious. It’s the only thing that I can do, trying to win the championship.”

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Francesco Bagnaia has apologized to his Ducati MotoGP team for his ?big mess? crash on the final lap of the Japanese GP at Motegi, which he has taken full responsibility for.

Bagnaia had endured a difficult race but was still in with a strong chance of reducing Fabio Quartararo’s championship lead as he hounded the Yamaha man for eighth place on the final lap.

However, Bagnaia then fell at Turn 3 while in Quartararo’s wheeltracks, taking his deficit to the Frenchman from 10 points to 18 with four races to go.

Ducati MotoGP chief Davide Tardozzi reportedly told BT Sport post-race that Bagnaia had apologised to the outfit, and Bagnaia himself has corroborated that.

Francesco Bagnaia Davide Tardozzi Ducati MotoGP

“Absolutely,” said Bagnaia when asked if he was frustrated. ?I made a huge mistake. I made a huge mistake.

?I struggled today traction ? on overtaking because my today wasn’t the best, I was losing a bit of time on acceleration. I was so strong on the braking.

?I was a bit too optimistic in this case. The only good thing, the only luck we had, is that I didn’t touch Fabio in my crash so I didn’t disturb his race. Because it has been a big mess from me, and I’m not happy about it.”

“I didn’t see but I heard him crash,” was Quartararo’s take, Bagnaia’s bike having come perilously close to wiping him out as well. ?I think he didn’t crash so far from me. Pfff.”

Bagnaia was seen raising his hands in annoyance after the crash, which could have been interpreted as irritation with Quartararo closing the gap that Bagnaia had tried to go for ? but he has since made it clear his frustration was only with ?myself, because I think I did an idiot manoeuvre?.

He also reportedly dubbed it a ?f***-up? talking to Italian media.

Francesco Bagnaia Ducati MotoGP Motegi crash

Bagnaia admitted his front tire pressure was spiking as he ran in the pack, something he reckoned was an uncommon circumstance for him in 2022 and one ?we weren’t prepared for?. But he made clear this wasn’t the cause of his crash.

“Just what I want to say, I didn’t crash for that – I crashed because I did a mistake, and I already said sorry to my team.”

It was pointed out to Bagnaia that he was effectively fighting for one point and instead ended up costing himself seven.

?One point can make the difference. I was trying to do it. But I was too ambitious, maybe. Because finishing behind Fabio – or waiting to have a better opportunity to overtake in a safer mode – was for sure better, thinking after the race.

?But in that moment, when I’m racing, I’m always thinking on big things, and my ambition was to overtake Fabio and then try to be close to Maverick [Vinales, not far ahead in seventh] if he was doing some mistakes, and try to overtake him.

?So, I was ambitious. It’s the only thing that I can do, trying to win the championship.”

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Brad Binder remains confident his Red Bull KTM team is on the right track after yet another heroic ride at the San Marino MotoGP on Sunday.

After starting the race from 15th on the grid, BInder made up seven places to finish eighth. He remains in seventh place in the world championship standings on 115 points, seven behind his 2023 KTM teammate Jack Miller.

Miller’s current Ducati team-mate Francesco Bagnaia took the checkered flag for the fourth consecutive time on Sunday. The Italian moved up to 181 points to close the gap on 2022 MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo (211) to 30 points.

“We did our best and eighth was all we could do today,” Binder told his team’s website.

?I gave my best from beginning to end and it was a dramatic first few laps. On the second or the third one I was stuck behind someone else who crashed and I was so lucky I didn’t go down. I was able to carry on and push as hard as I could.”

The 2016 Moto3 world champion is confident his Austrian team will gain some strides during this week’s two testing at Misano on Tuesday and Wednesday.

?We tried a lot of different things and we got some great information. Hopefully, that will also lead to some positive steps this week as well,? added BInder.

ALSO READ: Brad Binder sets new benchmark around Kyalami

Red Bull KTM team boss Francesco Guidotti was chuffed with the seven-second gain his team made over race distance since last year’s San Marino race, but admitted they still have lots to do to challenge for the podium.

“We have made a little step but it is not quite enough,” Guidotti said.

?Improvement is coming and this is important. We will have two days of testing now, with the test team also with some new material, and in testing conditions instead of race conditions.?

Brad Binder’s younger brother Darryn Binder narrowly lost out on earning a point by finishing in 16th place. It was the Yamaha rider’s best result in five races. He is in 22nd place in the rider standing at 10 points.

The next MotoGP race is in Aragon on 14 September.

To see the 2022 MotoGP riders’ standings, click here.

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Brad Binder remains confident his Red Bull KTM team is on the right track after yet another heroic ride at the San Marino MotoGP on Sunday.

After starting the race from 15th on the grid, BInder made up seven places to finish eighth. He remains in seventh place in the world championship standings on 115 points, seven behind his 2023 KTM teammate Jack Miller.

Miller’s current Ducati team-mate Francesco Bagnaia took the checkered flag for the fourth consecutive time on Sunday. The Italian moved up to 181 points to close the gap on 2022 MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo (211) to 30 points.

“We did our best and eighth was all we could do today,” Binder told his team’s website.

?I gave my best from beginning to end and it was a dramatic first few laps. On the second or the third one I was stuck behind someone else who crashed and I was so lucky I didn’t go down. I was able to carry on and push as hard as I could.”

The 2016 Moto3 world champion is confident his Austrian team will gain some strides during this week’s two testing at Misano on Tuesday and Wednesday.

?We tried a lot of different things and we got some great information. Hopefully, that will also lead to some positive steps this week as well,? added BInder.

ALSO READ: Brad Binder sets new benchmark around Kyalami

Red Bull KTM team boss Francesco Guidotti was chuffed with the seven-second gain his team made over race distance since last year’s San Marino race, but admitted they still have lots to do to challenge for the podium.

“We have made a little step but it is not quite enough,” Guidotti said.

?Improvement is coming and this is important. We will have two days of testing now, with the test team also with some new material, and in testing conditions instead of race conditions.?

Brad Binder’s younger brother Darryn Binder narrowly lost out on earning a point by finishing in 16th place. It was the Yamaha rider’s best result in five races. He is in 22nd place in the rider standing at 10 points.

The next MotoGP race is in Aragon on 14 September.

To see the 2022 MotoGP riders’ standings, click here.

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