Bagnaia still only half-formed as a MotoGP rider

MotoGP rookie Pecco Bagnaia stunned the paddock with his lap-record breaking time at the Sepang test but has said he is only a little over half-way formed as a premier class rider.

The VR46 Academy man, who is rides for Pramac Ducati, says he still has a lot of areas to work on before he will be a fully-fledged contender in the big leagues.

“At the moment I think I’m 65 per cent. I need to improve in a lot of things. I have to understand how to be more constant with used tyre,” said Bagnaia.

“Friday was another step in front because I started with the used tyres and I made 59.9s in the first exit, and has been very positive.

“But for the race pace I need to improve a little bit more because the drop in the race is different, is bigger, and I have to understand how to use the maps and the tyres.

Bagnaia has become quickly accustomed to the MotoGP style of riding and it is a world away from the high corner-speed demands of Moto2.

“I understood it was important to stop more the bike and open gas. One other thing that I improve a lot was the braking because last year in November already has been difficult, but they make a good setup for my bike and I’m very confident with the front.”

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