Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia ended the primary half of the 2022 MotoGP season on a excessive word. After struggling by way of the primary two Grands Prix of the 12 months, Pecco settled into the Ducati’s Desmosedici GP22, capturing three race-wins within the course of. His newest victory on the Dutch TT positioned him 66 factors behind rider championship chief Fabio Quartararo, but it surely looks as if Pecco was somewhat too overindulgent along with his victory celebrations.
In the early-morning hours of Tuesday, July 5, 2022, Spanish authorities responded to a automotive crash in Ibiza. Luckily, there have been no different automobiles concerned within the incident as the driving force, Francesco Bagnaia, drove his SUV right into a ditch. Police officers administered a breathalyzer take a look at on-site and quantity 63 blew a 0.87 (g/l), which is properly over Spain’s 0.5 g/l authorized restrict.
Soon after the incident, Pecco took to social media to apologize to the general public.
“Last night I was in Ibiza with my friends for a party during this break from MotoGP. We celebrated and toasted together for my victory at the Dutch GP,” Bagnaia acknowledged in a Twitter submit. “As I was leaving the disco at 3 am, I was facing a roundabout when I ended up with the front wheels in a ditch without involving other vehicles or people.
“However, the alcohol test carried out by the police found that the blood alcohol level was higher than what is allowed by Spanish law. I am sorry for what happened; I am practically a nondrinker, and it was a serious carelessness that should not have happened. I apologize to everyone, and I can assure you that I have learned my lesson. Never get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Thank you.”
Under Spanish regulation, Bagnaia will face a fantastic of between €301 ($305 USD) and €600 ($610 USD). He might additionally obtain a six-point penalty on his license or a three-month driving suspension. Neither Ducati nor MotoGP organizing physique Dorna has launched statements addressing the incident but, so there is not any telling whether or not the 25-year-old rider can even incur collection penalties when the racing resume.
The 2022 MotoGP season has been an up-and-down affair for Pecco Bagnaia. Hopefully, his newest mistake humbles the championship contender on and off the observe.