On Thursday evening ahead of the 2022 season beginning with the Qatar Grand Prix, Autosport reported that Bagnaia and factory Ducati team-mate Jack Miller had gone to a 2021-spec engine.
In testing in Malaysia Ducati brought three different specification of engine for Bagnaia to test: a 2021, a 2021 evolution and the 2022 version.
With the 2022 engine reportedly having aggressive power delivery, Bagnaia – and Miller by extension because of the technical regulations – has gone back to an older engine specification to race with for the new campaign.
But Tardozzi says Bagnaia “didn’t say the 2022 engine was wrong”, and the decision simply came about because the evolved 2021 engine is better-suited to both Bagnaia and Miller’s riding styles.
“I don’t know why people speaking about Ducati every time is blaming [us],” Tardozzi told motogp.com.
“Pecco didn’t say, ‘2022 engine is wrong, I want ’21’. This is bullshit. I want to say this, because we just gave Pecco a different spec.
“You can have the possibility to manage the riding style towards the engine of the rider, and this engine is towards the riding style towards of Pecco and also Jack.
“The other guys were happy about a different spec, and that’s what happened.
“We know that another company [Honda] in Sepang had three different specs. Why not go to this brand and ask which one Marc Marquez has?”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
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The Pramac duo and VR46’s Luca Marini, who are all racing 2022 bikes this year, will remain with the 2022 engine spec.
Because Ducati is a non-concession manufacturer, it will not be allowed to develop the engine in season as of FP1 in Qatar.
Commenting further on its engine situation, Tardozzi added: “I think we are happy about the rider’s choice and I think we gave to the riders the best possibilities we can.
“So, let’s see how the season starts and in the end we will see what happens.
“But it will be a very, very tough season because there are a lot of very, very competitive bikes.”