The champion of the 1981 Moto Grand Prix, Marco Lucchinelli, shared his thoughts about the misconduct of the young Ducati Factory Team MotoGP pilot Francesco Bagnaia, who was caught driving drunk.
Pekko was hanging out with his friends and team members in Ibiza during the summer holidays but made a big mistake by deciding to go to the hotel driving a rented Citroen, despite the fact that he had a decent drink. It was early, around 3 a.m., and Bagnaia lost control of the car, drove it into a ditch, and was forced to call the police. The police forced Pekko to blow into a tube… it was then that it became clear that the Italian had problems!
Francesco the next day posted an “apology” on his social networks and described what happened, but then Ducati Corse insisted that the pilot of the factory team remove all this from his pages – they decided to hush up the scandal. Moreover, the main event of the season is on the nose – World Ducati Week, where the factory pilots, both from MotoGP and from World Superbike, will represent the face of the company.
Lucchinelli is sure that Pecco made a big mistake. Marko is well aware of what drunk driving can lead to since he lost his 37-year-old son in a similar accident.
“There is no doubt that Pecco made a big mistake,” Lucchinelli said, “But motorsport is a sport where athletes live on the edge, and it is interesting to people, just because they regularly step over the limits from time to time, expand our ideas about what is possible. In general, [Pekko’s behavior] would be considered normal in our time. Exceptional “outsiders” among us were a few, like Giacomo Agostini [who abstained from alcohol and all kinds of bad habits]. It was the norm for everyone else to storm the bars around the circuit after the race, starting with my friend Doriano Romboni, also Schwantz, Gardner, Fogarty, Corser, Hagi…”
“The only thing I would really like to scold Bagnaia for is not that he drank, but that he then got behind the wheel. Because we really know that he hardly drinks at all, and the case in Ibiza is a rare exception. MotoGP drivers are very young nowadays, and it’s hard to imagine that they don’t make mistakes in their youth.”
“Alcohol is a normal phenomenon in the MotoGP paddock in general. I’m not talking about the racers, but about the team members and especially the guests who, sitting in the hospital, only do what they drink in a pleasant atmosphere. If you blow out the paddock, half of it would definitely not pass the control!”
“But I repeat: the only thing that bothers me is that Pekko got behind the wheel after drinking. My own sad experience says that this is the root of evil – it can lead to sad consequences for someone who has not taken a drop in his mouth. That’s how my son died.”