MotoGP: Ducati Reviews Its Successful 2021 Season

MotoGP: Ducati Reviews Its Successful 2021 Season

© 2021, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By Ducati:

MotoGP 2021. A fantastic season for Ducati in numbers

Last Sunday, at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo of Cheste, near Valencia (Spain), a MotoGP season destined to remain in Ducati’s history ended. In 2021, The Borgo Panigale-based manufacturer has indeed achieved the following significant results:

– 2021 was the best year ever for Ducati in terms of podium finishes in MotoGP. The Borgo Panigale-based factory scored 24 podiums with five different riders: Pecco Bagnaia, Jack Miller, Jorge Martín, Johann Zarco and Enea Bastianini. It is a record for Ducati, which has 2019 as its second-best year with 17 podiums.

 

Francesco Bagnaia (63). Photo courtesy Ducati.
Francesco Bagnaia (63). Photo courtesy Ducati.

 

– With seven victories in MotoGP in 2021, Ducati is the manufacturer that achieved the most successes this year. Eleven is the record of wins obtained by the Italian manufacturer in a single season and dates back to 2007.

– For the first time since its MotoGP debut in 2003, Ducati placed three of its bikes on the podium in a single Grand Prix. This happened in the final round of the 2021 season; the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana won by Pecco Bagnaia ahead of Jorge Martín and Jack Miller.

 

Jack Miller (43). Photo courtesy Dorna.
Jack Miller (43). Photo courtesy Dorna.

 

– Ducati won the Constructors’ Title for the second consecutive year and the third in its MotoGP history. Five riders contributed to the title win with 357 total points: Pecco Bagnaia (167 points), Jack Miller (63 points), Johann Zarco (86 points), Jorge Martín (25 points) and Enea Bastianini (16 points).

– The Ducati Lenovo Team won the MotoGP Teams’ World Title with 433 points. It is the second World Title won by Ducati’s factory team. The first came in 2007 when Ducati also won its first Constructors’ World Title, and Casey Stoner became World Champion.

 

Johann Zarco (5). Photo courtesy Pramac Racing.
Johann Zarco (5). Photo courtesy Pramac Racing.

 

– For the first time in Ducati’s MotoGP history, the front row of the grid at the Grand Prix of Made in Italy and Emilia Romagna was occupied by three Ducati bikes. Bagnaia took pole position in qualifying ahead of teammate Jack Miller and fellow Ducati rider Luca Marini. The same thing happened in the last Grand Prix of the season where Jorge Martín (Pramac Racing Team) started from pole position, ahead of Bagnaia and Miller.

– In every Grand Prix held in the 2021 season, at least one Ducati has started from the front row of the grid. Of the 54 front row positions available in the 18 Grands Prix contested, the Italian manufacturer has obtained 30. It means that Ducati bikes have occupied 55% of the front rows this season.

 

Jorge Martin (89). Photo courtesy Pramac Racing.
Jorge Martin (89). Photo courtesy Pramac Racing.

 

– The Ducati Lenovo Team riders have started from the front row of the grid, from the first two positions, on three occasions this year: at the San Marino GP, the Emilia Romagna GP and the Algarve GP.

– In 8 out of the 18 races held this season, at least 2 Ducati riders have finished on the podium.

– In only 4 of the 18 races held this season, no Ducati rider has stepped on the podium. In 17 of the 18 races held this year, at least one Ducati has finished in the top four positions. Only at the Sachsenring, the best Ducati rider was Bagnaia, who finished fifth.

– For the first time in Ducati’s MotoGP history, a Ducati rider from an independent team took victory; Jorge Martín (Pramac Racing Team), winner of the Styrian GP.

– Jorge Martín (Pramac Racing Team) took his first pole position in the second Grand Prix of the 2021 season, in his debut year in MotoGP. At the same Grand Prix, the Spaniard also scored his first podium finish. Thanks to these successes, Jorge was awarded as 2021 Best MotoGP Rookie.

 

Enea Bastianini (23). Photo courtesy Esponsorama Racing.
Enea Bastianini (23). Photo courtesy Esponsorama Racing.

 

– Martín’s teammate Johann Zarco won the 2021 Best Independent Rider title.

– The Ducati factory-supported team Pramac Racing won the 2021 MotoGP Best Independent Team title.

– Ducati Lenovo Team riders Pecco Bagnaia and Jack Miller achieved their best-ever finish in the 2021 MotoGP World Championship. With 252 points, Bagnaia ended the season as runner-up, 26 points behind title winner Fabio Quartararo. On the other hand, Miller finished the championship in fourth place with 181 points, 97 points behind the leader.

– With four wins in total, at Aragón, Misano, Portimão and Valencia, Bagnaia became the fourth Ducati rider to score the most wins in MotoGP with the Desmosedici GP.

Tomorrow and Friday 19th November, at the Circuit de Jerez – Ángel Nieto, Ducati teams and riders will be back on track to face the first two days of winter testing in preparation for the 2022 MotoGP season.

 

Luca Marini (10). Photo courtesy Sky Racing Team VR46.
Luca Marini (10). Photo courtesy Sky Racing Team VR46.

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