wins Bagnaia, third Miller. To Ducati the constructors’ world championship

PORTIMAO – Thanks to another splendid win by Pecco Bagnaia at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão (Portugal), Ducati is confirmed for the second time in a row as World Constructors’ Champion in MotoGP, with a race ahead of the end of the 2021 season. The Italian manufacturer won today in the Brembo Grand Prix Algarve her third world title in the premier class, on the same track where she secured her second title last year, 13 years after her first.

In addition to the Italian rider, author of an impeccable race that saw him in the lead from start to finish starting from pole position, four other Ducati riders contributed to the victory of the 2021 Constructors’ Championship, including his teammate. Jack Miller, third in today’s race. The Australian driver, who started with the second fastest time, climbed to the third step of the podium by overtaking Alex Márquez a few laps before the red flag concluded the race two laps early.

Bagnaia, who thanks to today’s victory secured the second final position in the championship, contributed with 142 points to the conquest of Ducati’s third world champion in MotoGP while Miller, fourth in the overall standings, contributed 63 points in total. Pramac Racing Team (Best Independent Team 2021) Johann Zarco (Best Independent Driver 2021) and Jorge Martín contributed with 86 and 25 points respectively, while Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) contributed 16 points to the constructors’ classification.

After today’s race, the Valencian Community Grand Prix still remains to be held at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, scheduled in less than seven days from 12 to 14 November. On that occasion, the Ducati Lenovo Team will try to secure the team world title as at the moment it leads the team standings with a 28-point lead over the runner-up.

Francesco Bagnaia (# 63 Ducati Lenovo Team) – 1st

«I am really delighted. Obviously I would have liked to have finished the race under the checkered flag and not for the red flag, but it was still a great victory. It was an incredible weekend and I really enjoyed every single session. I immediately found myself incredibly at ease. Everything was perfect and I am really happy for Ducati’s victory in the Constructors’ Title. We deserved it once again! Congratulations to Jack for third place on the podium. Now we will go to Valencia where we will try to finish this season in the best possible way with another excellent result ».

Jack Miller (#43 Ducati Lenovo Team) – 3°

«It’s nice to finally be back on the podium, even if it was a bit strange to end the race with the red flag. I was ready for a big battle on the last lap with Alex Márquez, who was really very close. However, I am really very happy: we worked well throughout the weekend and even in the past GPs we managed to be competitive during all the sessions, only failing to achieve the desired result on Sunday. We have finally managed to reap the rewards of our hard work today. I am happy for the victory of the manufacturers’ title for Ducati: we really have a fantastic bike, perhaps the strongest on the grid! Now let’s go to Valencia and try to finish this season in the best possible way ».

Ducati world champion 2021 (Ducati)

Claudio Domenicali (CEO of Ducati Motor Holding)

«The best bike in the world is Italian. Winning the constructors’ title for the second consecutive year is a great success and fills us with pride. Once again the teamwork of engineers and riders has given excellent results, the Desmosedici GP has confirmed itself as very competitive, taking 5 out of the 6 riders who raced the championship on Ducati bikes on the podium. Pecco Bagnaia, Jack Miller, Jorge Martin, Johann Zarco, Enea Bastianini and Luca Marini were all extraordinary and I want to thank them for giving us a season full of emotions with 6 wins and the record of podiums despite a race still to be played, 21. We have bet on these young talents and their energy without being disappointed. A big thank you also to the whole Ducati Corse team, for being able to take home this great result again, working with the passion and determination that has always distinguished every member of the Ducati family on the track. Now we just have to close the season in the best possible way with the Valencia race and then look to next year with the desire to improve ourselves more and more ».

Luigi Dall’Igna (General Manager of Ducati Corse)

«It is truly a great satisfaction to be able to win the Constructors’ World Championship again this year and I thank our riders and all the men and women of Ducati Corse who have contributed to this incredible success. There remains a bit of regret for the drivers’ title, because this year it was really within our reach. Even today Pecco drove a perfect race and didn’t make the slightest mistake during the whole weekend! His was a great season and he is really a great rider. Congratulations to Jack too! We are happy that he finally managed to get back on the podium after showing he can be fast during the last races ».

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