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Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team

The talent-outweighing ambition that will kill Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP title hopes

OPINION: For the fourth time in 2022, Francesco Bagnaia has made a costly error while battling other riders. Crashing while chasing one point at the Japanese Grand Prix has lost him eight to a struggling Fabio Quartararo. With just four rounds remaining and a history of errors in high-pressure situations, Bagnaia and Ducati need a serious rethink to stop its best opportunity of a title in 15 years slipping away

Last weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi marked MotoGP's first visit to the Land of the Rising Sun since 2019. It also coincided with the 15th anniversary of Ducati's sole MotoGP title win, when Casey Stoner sealed his first championship victory at the same track in 2007.

While Jack Miller dominated proceedings at Motegi for his fourth – and arguably best – win in the premier class, celebrations at Ducati were muted. As the Australian eased across the finishing line, his teammate Francesco Bagnaia was trudging through the gravel trap at Turn 3 having crashed out for a fifth time in 2022.

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