Pecco Bagnaia is currently in the running for the 2022 MotoGP World Championship, riding his Ducati at death-defying speeds week-in and week-out. So, imagine our surprise when the Italian just now secured his A3 license to go on public roads! Yes, you read that right. Before we confuse you any further, Pecco already holds a super license which is required to compete in competitive racing.
What’s more surprising is that it’s quite a common sight in the world of racing to get their official riding license quite late in their life. For instance, World Superbike legend, Jonathan Rea finally got his in 2021, after winning six titles consecutively from 2015 to 2020.
As far as things with Pecco are considered, the Italian made the headlines in June when he failed a breath analyzer test, after being involved in a crash in Ibiza. The Italian was said to have returned a score of 0.87mg/L of alcohol in his breath, over Spain’s legal limit of 0.25mg/L.
To his credit, the potential champion did apologize publicly, saying “Last night I was in Ibiza with my friends for a party during this break from MotoGP.”
“We celebrated and toasted together for my victory at the Dutch GP. As I was leaving the disco at 3 am, I was facing a roundabout when I ended up with the front wheels in a ditch without involving other vehicles or people,” he explained, further adding, “However, the alcohol test carried out by the police found that the blood alcohol level was higher than what is allowed by Spanish law. I am sorry for what happened; I am practically a non-drinker, and it was a serious carelessness that should not have happened. I apologize to everyone, and I can assure you that I have learned my lesson. Never get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.”