Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia is a strong candidate for the 2022 MotoGP champion. Pecco currently uses the start number 63, long before Valentino Rossi’s student often exchanged pride numbers.
Racing numbers usually cannot be chosen, because some numbers are also owned by other riders. Some of them have even been retired, which means they can’t be used anymore, such as Kevin Shcwantz’s 34, Daijiro Kato’s 74, Loris Capirossi’s 65, and recently, Rossi’s 46 who have been retired.
Taken from MotoGP, Sunday (30/10/2022) Pecco Bagnaia started his racing career from the CEV Moto3 class. So the riders in the MotoGP, Moto3, and Moto2 classes, many started competing in the CEV first, before their careers in the Grand Prix class.
The following year when he moved up to Moto3 with the San Carlo team, Pecco Bagnaia changed his number from 41 to 4.
When he joined the SKY Racing Team in the Moto3 class, Pecco Bagnaia changed his number to 21 to honor his childhood idol, former Ducati rider who competed in MotoGP and WSBK, Troy Bayliss. This number is comfortable to use Pecco Bagnaia during the Moto3 class.
Francesco Bagnaia in a Ducati Pramac uniform Photo: Getty Images/Mirco Lazzari gp
When moving to the Moto2 class in 2017, Pecco Bagnaia again changed his number to 42. Pecco doubled his starting number because the number 21 was already used by Franco Morbidelli in the same class.
Together with number 42 and the Sky Racing Team VR46 team, Pecco Bagnaia incised gold ink by coming out as the 2018 Moto2 world champion.
Bagnaia at the factory Ducati team Photo: AFP via Getty Images/MOHD RASFAN
The following year Pecco Bagnaia took the class with Ducati Pramac Racing. Again, Peco had to find a new starting number, because number 42 had already been used by Joan Mir.
So Pecco chose to add 21 more, then the number 63 was born. The number 63 has already brought himself the MotoGP runner-up in 2021. Now Pecco Bagnaia can lock the 2022 MotoGP title in Valencia with a minimum of 14th finish.
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