Dropped by Valentino Rossi's VR46 outfit, Francesco 'Pecco' Bagnaia looks to have landed on his feet at the new Aspar factory Mahindra team.

While team-mate Romano Fenati won four races on the VR46 KTM this season, Bagnaia's second year of grand prix brought a best finish of fourth and 16th place in the world championship.

However the young Italian says he has felt" comfortable from the start" on the Mahindra, which "corners more quickly than last year's machine. You can brake very hard and it is easy to ride; it suits my riding style."

"In the first test we already saw that it is very competitive," Bagnaia continued. "A bike shows its potential when it allows you to get good times with relative ease. I also feel very comfortable onboard the Mahindra, the engine is very strong and the chassis is one of the best I've had. I am convinced that we will do great things with it."

Aside from the actual machinery, by joining the new Aspar project Bagnaia has also become a factory rider.

"This is something very important that we have seen from the beginning," he said. "We are the first to receive parts from Mahindra, the factory is always attentive to our requests, we were the first to test the new engine... Being a factory team rider is key to improving quickly."

Turning to his 2015 targets, Bagnaia said: "In 2015 we aim to be among the frontrunners regularly, which we just missed out on last season. The team and the bike have great potential, which I hope to live up to.

"We will have to continue doing a great job during the winter tests, to be strong for the first race of the year. In my opinion it is very important to start strong for further development during the season."

Although out of the VR46 Moto3 team, Bagnaia remains a member of the VR46 Academy.

"I will spend some time relaxing with other riders from the VR46 Academy, but the goal is to train as much as possible during this [winter] break, to be very fit for spring testing," Bagnaia declared.



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