The seat alongside Bagnaia on the Ducati factory team in the 2023 MotoGP rider line-up was ultimately won by Enea Bastianini, who was chosen ahead of Jorge Martin and the outgoing Jack Miller.
“Pecco a few months ago had said something that had marked me: ‘We don’t need someone who makes a mess when he arrives,'” Ducati CEO Domenicali told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Bastianini’s relationship with new world champion Bagnaia will be seen under a microscope, with the Gresini Racing graduate harboring lofty ambitions of his own.
“I’m aware of the risk of putting together two such strong running backs,” Domenicali said.
“Pecco will want to beat Enea, who will want to show that he is the strongest.
“But this energy is very important and I am convinced that the team has grown a lot in the ability to see the athlete as a person and to manage this difficulty.”
Ducati’s big decision to bring Bastianini to its factory team next season, replacing Miller who joins KTM, is a key change for the 2023 grid.
Alex Márquez will leave Honda and join Gresini, replacing Bastianini.
Domenicali, after seeing Ducati crowned MotoGP champion for the first time in 15 years, dreams of creating a dynasty led by Bagnaia.
“He can definitely do it, all the elements are there,” Domenicali said.
“This success closes a cycle. Pecco put the icing on the cake in a team that has grown a lot. Now we can open another one in which Pecco will be the reference”.
“We talked about it, now he is a stronger driver and we are a better team.”