The Italian is merely 10 points behind championship leader Fabio Quartararo before Sundays 16th round of the 2022 season at Motegi.
But a wet qualifying on Saturday saw Bagnaia struggle massively, the Ducati rider 2.1 seconds off the pole time down in 12th while Quartararo and fellow title rival Aleix Espargaro were sixth and ninth.
Bagnaia who struggled to 15th in the rain-hit Indonesian GP in March – was baffled to describe his deficit in wet conditions.
I believe that something isn’t working, because this past year I was always competitive in the wet which year not, Bagnaia said.
Im always struggling. The main one time we raced in the wet was in Indonesia, I finished 15th. And all of the practice in wet I was struggling.
So maybe in this moment with this bike Im not in my own best moment on wet.
But we need to check the info. I understand that for certain something happened because its extremely hard to be two seconds [off the pace].
I was slower than today in an improved situation and better condition.
So, in this moment this result isn’t acceptable and I have to discover why.
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
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Bagnaias 1m57.373s could have put him 21st on the grid had he not managed to get straight into Q2 by the end of practice on Friday, which he concedes was his savior on Saturday having gone slower in qualifying in better conditions than he managed in a soaked FP2 today.
Sincerely Im devoid of feeling on my bike, so its difficult to learn the limit, he added.
Normally Im good in the wet, so its strange to be last.
The only real positive thing was to stay the very best 10 already [at the finish of practice], sufficient reason for my lap time I believe I would have already been last today.
So, the only real positive thing was to stay the very best 10 [at the finish of FP2].