Francesco Bagnaia

Francesco Bagnaia
Full Name: 
Francesco Bagnaia
Birth Date: 
14 January, 1997
Birth Place: 
Turin, Italy
Driver Status: 

Francesco Bagnaia Biography

A star youngster in Minimoto and European MiniGP racing, at 13 he stepped up to pre-GP 125cc racing and finished runner-up with the Monlau Competicion team.

An early member of the VR46 academy, he finished third in the 2012 CEV Moto3 season behind Alex Marquez and Luca Amato. That secured him a full-time move to the Moto3 world championship but endured a tough rookie campaign with San Carlo Team Italia as he failed to score a single point.

A move to the new Sky VR46 squad, through his links to Rossi’s academy, allowed the Italian to demonstrate his talents on KTM machinery with five top-ten results from the opening seven rounds but his year was stalled by a left wrist injury suffered in warm-up at Assen which ruled him out of two races. Bagnaia would only return to the points in two races for the rest of 2014.

For 2015, Bagnaia made the move to Mahindra and another solid start to a season culminated in a maiden Moto3 podium with third place at Le Mans. Sticking with Mahindra for 2016, Bagnaia became a regular front-runner in a season which included two wins at Assen and Sepang, four additional podiums and a maiden pole position. Bagnaia ended the year in fourth place in the standings before moving up to Moto2.

Bagnaia returned to the Sky VR46 team fold in his debut Moto2 campaign and starred as top rookie in 2017 with four rostrums on his way to fifth place in the riders’ championship.

Sticking with VR46 in Moto2 for 2018, Bagnaia was fancied as a title favourite and delivered in dominant fashion with a total of eight race wins and three further rostrums. The Italian sealed the Moto2 title at the penultimate round in Sepang to mark the VR46’s biggest title triumph.

Bagnaia also secured a move up to MotoGP with Pramac Ducati for 2019 racing GP18 machinery.