Italy’s Pecco Bagnaia making a name for himself — all on a motorcycle

Advertisement Pecco Bagnaia isn’t just Italy’s newest motorcycling star — he also happens to be one of the rising stars in the sport. Racing on his very first career race at the Nurburgring last…

Italy’s Pecco Bagnaia making a name for himself — all on a motorcycle

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Pecco Bagnaia isn’t just Italy’s newest motorcycling star — he also happens to be one of the rising stars in the sport. Racing on his very first career race at the Nurburgring last month, he finished a surprise second — second. Just seven races in, and he’s already been promoted to series leader. He should have been able to lock-up this year’s pole position at Assen in August, and even get a podium. For three years, Italian motorcycling fans had been starved of a MotoGP contender, and then they found one. There’s only one problem — they didn’t vote him onto the grid, and the decision was a simple one: He wasn’t a fast enough qualifier.

Bagnaia’s miscalculation will be forgiven if, at 21, he’s a rider with a bright future. But there’s no doubt that he’s an exciting talent. A little faster, his potential is limitless. It’s hard to keep up with it as he sails around the globe and starts to beat old timers. The top half of the MotoGP podium are anything but old — and with Bryan Staring’s mind-boggling pace, even Shilton Stukier (the world’s oldest MotoGP racer) looks the relative slacker.

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