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Pecco, the simple king

He learned from Valentino, but he’s profoundly different. He is guided by two women: his sister Carola who works in Ducati and his girlfriend Domiziana who follows him around the world. Who is Francesco Pecco Bagnaia, the rider who after 50 years has returned to Italy the world title riding an Italian motorcycle

By Gierreuno

Who knows what Pecco had in mind when he took the last turn of 2022, the triumphal 2022, the curve that led him to the Quirinale, the fortress that hosted popes, king of Italy and where the President of the Republic was waiting for him to celebrate, fifty years after Agostini and Mv Agusta, the victory of an Italian rider riding an Italian motorcycle. The first was in 1950 Umberto Masetti with the Gilera 500, a Parmesan cheese then emigrated to Chile that would end up as a gas station in Maranello, look a bit, the country of Ferrari. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Un post condiviso da Quirinale (@quirinale)

Red la Ferrari, Red la Ducati di Bagnaia, red wigs worn by mechanics in Valencia to celebrate a world championship that last summer no one believed could come more. It was June 19, Sachsenring, East Germany, 90 km from Leipzig, 180 from Prague: Pecco’s slide on the German track projected Fabio Quartararo, a talented Frenchman, world champion with Yamaha and race winner, to increase the advantage on the Italian bringing it to 91 points, a huge. In the motorbike nobody had ever been able to cancel such a detachment. Pecco has succeeded.

The secret of his secret comeback is not. Twenty-five years, originally from Chivasso, the town of the Lancia factory where the Flavia and the Fulvia were born, two models that have made the history of the Italian car, Francis simply took note of the need to understand the reason for the umpteenth fall. “I started to study my mistakes, I trusted the people who love me and I moved on”.

 
 
 
 
 
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Un post condiviso da Carol ⚡️ (@carolabagnaia)

The people who love him are his father Pietro, owner of a lift company, his mother Stefania, his sister Carola who works for Ducati follows him on all the circuits together with his girlfriend Domiziana, fashion buyer, who is linked to Carola since childhood. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Un post condiviso da Francesco Bagnaia (@pecco63)

Pecco is a simple type, profoundly different from Valentino whose legacy he inherited (Rossi was the last Italian to win the world championship in 2009) and from whom he was raised in the Academy of Tavullia. Sin does not exceed, it celebrates in a composite way, it is measured. Even when it runs. Yet Valentino highly esteemed him and wanted to be at his side in Valencia to help him complete the 378 curves that would have led him to the title. “He told me that the only way to win is to have fun,” said Bagnaia. “But I didn’t have much fun”. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Un post condiviso da Francesco Bagnaia (@pecco63)

His last race was a tactical masterpiece. The tension was very high. He dueled in the initial with Quartararo, then he managed the advantage in the standings that he had secured by making the biggest comeback in the history of the world championship closing in ninth place and bringing back to Bologna the drivers title that was missing from 2007 and until which time had been the only one conquered by Ducati.

Yes, the Ducati: an Italian jewel.

 
 
 
 
 
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Un post condiviso da Ducati Corse (@ducaticorse)

Founded in 1926 to produce radio components, the factory was converted to motorcycling after the war when the factory had been bombed by Anglo-American forces. With the passage of time motorcycle company detected ten years ago by the Germans of Audi, but they have not touched a comma of the company that has maintained strong Italian connotations and is making giant strides if it is true, As is true, that in the first nine months of 2022 has sold motorcycle for 872 million euros and is about to close the year exceeding one billion revenues.

A success framed by the triumph of Pecco Bagnaia, the boy with the face of D'Artagnan, the simple king, the last to cross the threshold of the Quirinal.