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Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Piedmont native-turned-Italian MotoGP star Piedmont native-turned-Italian MotoGP star Piedmont native-turned-Italian MotoGP star Pecco Bagnaia made his MotoGP debut at the Italian Grand Prix in Stomper. He has since…

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Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Piedmont native-turned-Italian MotoGP star Piedmont native-turned-Italian MotoGP star Piedmont native-turned-Italian MotoGP star

Pecco Bagnaia made his MotoGP debut at the Italian Grand Prix in Stomper. He has since won six more races, taken nine podium finishes and established himself as one of the strongest talents in the sport.

Born: 12 March 1996

12 March 1996 Hometown: Piedmont, Italy

Piedmont, Italy Team: Aprilia

Aprilia Titles: 2014, 2015 (twice), 2016, 2017

2014, 2015 (twice), 2016, 2017 Miles driven: 4,980

4,980 Best finish: Winner (2014), third (2015, 2016, 2017)

Won a handful of races with Honda, including the Japan Grand Prix in 2007, but was brought back to Spain by Aprilia to bolster the MotoGP squad. He has twice driven on the front row of the grid and secured two second-place finishes last season.

Commenting after his spring win in Marquez’s Honda, Bagnaia said: “I had no idea I could win a race, I was just trying to help the team win, and then all the work is for myself. I’m proud of myself.”

Despite his achievements, Bagnaia has not won a race in MotoGP, although he has scored four podium finishes in 15 races in the premier class.

His total distance driven in all categories of motorcycling is 4,980km. He will make his debut in MotoGP in 2018.

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