Another race win for Pecco Bagnaia, another MotoGP constructor's title for Ducati
Ducati has officially secured the 2021 MotoGP Constructors’ World Title after Francesco Bagnaia won the penultimate round in Portimao, Portugal yesterday followed by his teammate, Jack Miller, in third place. It was a textbook win for the young Italian who showcased that the Ducati Desmosedici GP21 is indeed a formidable prototype.
This is Ducati's third-ever constructor's title in MotoGP (and its first back-to-back, the first one was 13 years ago) and it's one of the most dominant efforts to date as three other Ducati riders contributed to this major achievement apart from Bagnaia and Miller. The brand's satellite team, Pramac Ducati, scored a total of 111 points thanks to their riders, Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin.
With these points, Pramac Ducati was also crowned the Best Independent Team for MotoGP 2021. Zarco's efforts with his Ducati Desmosedici GP21 landed him the Best Independent Rider award after managing to score 86 points this season with one race left in the calendar. All that's left now is the team's title, which is another battle between the two factory squads from Ducati and Yamaha.
According to Luigi Dall'Igna, General Manager of Ducati Corse, "It's really a great satisfaction to be able to win the Constructors' World Championship again this year, and I'd like to thank our riders and all the men and women of Ducati Corse who have contributed to this incredible success. We're still a little disappointed about the riders' title because it was really within our reach this year. Again today, Pecco rode a perfect race and didn't make the slightest mistake all weekend! It has been a great season, and he is a great rider. Congratulations also to Jack! We are happy that he was finally able to get back on the podium after showing he could be fast during the last Grands Prix."