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Francesco Bagnaia at the 2018 GP of San Marino

#mylid 2018: Pecco Bagnaia keeps it cool

Sep 092018

There are few more distinctive liveries in MotoGP than the sleek black shade of the SKY Racing Team VR46 in Moto3 and Moto2 and race fans have become accustomed to a dark figure lording his way over the Moto2 contest in 2018. Pecco Bagnaia has revelled in a successful second campaign in the class and is already fixed for MotoGP in 2019: the pressure is now on to keep that status as championship leader all the way through to Valencia.

Pecco might cut an imposing and controlling figure on the asphalt – and has something of the poster boy image about him away from the track – but as part of the visceral look of the SKY crew, he is somewhat limited in the design of his AGV lid. “At the moment with team SKY there is not much room to decide the livery but next year I will have something special and it will be clear and simple because I don't like much ‘going on’ with my helmet,” said the winner of five Grands Prix in 2018. “If you see the one from 2016 then it is very clear with the design.”

The overall current scheme might seem a bit ‘uniform’ but the 21 year old appreciates the group look: “I like it. You are part of the team and it is nice to share that identity.”


Pecco is afforded some personal touches. “My favourite colour is red and I have that on the helmet,” he says of the ‘halo’ aspect of the lid. “Luca [Marini, teammate] has orange and the other riders in Moto3 green and yellow. So that bit is free for us but the design is the same across the team.”

Bagnaia will be an Alma Pramac Ducati rider for 2019 and 2020 regardless of whether he can seal his first world title this year, and as he finds his feet in the premier class he’ll also be able to work on refining his first MotoGP race lid. “I’ve never had a special livery for a race but next year it will be possible and in Italian GPs for sure,” he smiles. “I think a special design is something important and not all riders have it; you almost need to deserve it.”


If 2018 Moto2 carries on the current vein with #42 setting the pace then Bagnaia will be more than worthy of his new war colours.