Paco Bagnaia of Italy, a 22-year-old Morcombe Park cyclist, has impressed at his first series in Japan. Bagnaia won in qualifying and finished second in both races, which he won at, taking the Yellow Jersey on the Ducati Monster LCR bike in both. It was a fine season as well as a great achievement in himself and gave the other riders a fright. Now Bagnaia has his sights set on the next series and the Italian team has hinted it might concentrate on the Tech 3 when it returns to MotoGP next year.
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Marc Marquez has won the last four world championships but now rivals are pegging him back, and they aim to beat him to the title. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has held his own, and Marquez faced big expectations in Japan but did not miss a trick. He outqualified Smith, finished second in both races, won the second race and finished second in the previous race.
Now, Maurizio Banchieri of Ducati, Lorenzo D’Alba, Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez have all openly said they want to beat him to the title. He’s the one who’s not won it so far and that he’s raced well is not surprising to anyone but when he takes the race in his own hands, it’s a great result. It’s especially great for the young riders because it shows they are getting better. And for the team it’s a strong finish – in all categories, except pit stops. They were not as fast as they usually are. Marquez showed he can beat anyone on his bike. We are happy with him but now we are focused on the coming season.