Image copyright Toyota Image caption Pecco Bagnaia has been riding for Toyota this season
Italy’s Pecco Bagnaia has the makings of an exciting motorcycling star in the making.
The 28-year-old, who has gained the nickname “Tricksinger”, has been riding for Yamaha since 2013, but this season he switched to the more supportive Toyota YZF-R1, starting in the second tier of MotoGP, the 125cc category.
Pecco had great success at karting with Aragon and San Gerardo, becoming a top rider at both and securing the top championship in 2012.
He was also a top three rider at the 2015 Moto2 final and finished second at the 2017 Indianapolis ePrix.
“At 16 or 17, I changed to MotoGP where I had much more chances to win,” said the 2010 KTM RCF-1 track champion, who collected his first race win earlier this year at the Valencia ePrix.
“Then, at the 11th race, I hurt my leg and didn’t make it to the end of the season.
“But in MotoGP, this beautiful track has four walls. Sooner or later you will be able to break through. This year, through the Yamaha YZF-R1, I worked very hard.”