Featured In the December 2022 issue of Roadracing World:
Pecco Bagnaia can still remember being nine-years old, sitting on the sofa at home in Turin, Italy, crying his eyes out on the afternoon of October 29, 2006. That was the day Valentino Rossi went into the MotoGP World Championship finale at Valencia holding an apparently unassailable eight-point lead over Nicky Hayden, only to crash his Yamaha YZR-M1 and hand the title to his American rival on a Honda.
On the afternoon of November 6, 2022, Bagnaia lined up for the last race of the MotoGP season, with a 23-point lead over reigning World Champion Fabio Quartararo. Only a disaster could stop him snatching the crown, which is exactly what everyone had said about Rossi 16 years earlier. But this time there was no catastrophe, so Bagnaia became MotoGP World Champion…
“From Rossi Fan To VR46 MotoGP King,” by Mat Oxley
Eight-year-old Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia’s first motorcycle was a bright-red minimoto. Seventeen years later he won the MotoGP World Championship on a bright-red Ducati Desmosedici. And mentor Valentino Rossi has been with him all the way. Read about the journey in the latest issue of Roadracing World!
Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology magazine is available in print and digital formats.
PREVIEW the December 2022 Issue of Roadracing World!
Click to SUBSCRIBE NOW ! Or call (909) 654-4779, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.
—Purchase the December 2022 print issue.
—Read the December 2022 issue of Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology with your online subscription. Log in HERE
Available at Cycle Gear and other motorcycle retailers.
Visit www.roadracingworld.com daily for breaking news and events.
Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/roadracingworld
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com @roadracingworld
Follow us on Instagram https://instagram.com @roadracing_world