Bagnaia MotoGP race winner in a road accident while crossing the alcohol limit

According to reports in the Spanish outlet Ibiza DiaryBagnaia, a Citroen crashed into a roadside ditch in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Civil Guard and local police arrived at the scene and performed a breathalyzer test on the driver, who was identified as Bagnaia.

Bagnaia gave a reading of 0.87mg/l, which is three times the legal alcohol level of 0.25mg/l allowed for drivers in Spain to sit behind the wheel of a car. The Ducati rider was the only person involved in the accident and no injuries were reported.

Ducati has since confirmed the reports at the request of Motorsport.com, while Bagnaia later released a statement on its social media channels explaining what had happened and apologizing.

“Last night I was in Ibiza with my friends for a role during this break from MotoGP,” Bagnaia wrote. “We celebrated and toasted together for my Dutch Grand Prix victory. As I was leaving the disco at 3am, I was dizzy when I ended up with the front wheels in a pit without involving other vehicles or people.

However, a police alcohol test found the blood alcohol level to be higher than what Spanish law allows.

“I’m sorry for what happened; I practically don’t drink, and it was a serious carelessness that shouldn’t have happened.

“I apologize to everyone, and I can assure you I learned my lesson. Never get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Thank you.”

Bagnaia will now likely face a ban on his license, as this offense comes with a penalty of one to four years of suspension from driving.

Ducati has not made any public comment on the accident.

It came just two weeks after Bajnaya capped the first half of the 2022 MotoGP season with victory at the Dutch Grand Prix.

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

The Italian started from pole position and took advantage of a collision of championship leader Fabio Quartararo and Alex Espargaro on lap five of the race to open a big lead, keeping VR46 Ducati rider Marco Pesicchi away.

It was Bagnaya’s third win of the season, after successes at home in Mugello and at the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.

But four DNFs in 2022 so far have hit Bagnaia’s title hopes hard, with the Italian now 66 points behind Quartararo coming into the summer break.

Earlier in the year, Ducati announced that it had re-signed with Bagnaia for another two years, keeping the seven-time MotoGP winner until the end of 2024.

The identity of his fellow factory Ducati teammate next year remains a mystery, with the Italian manufacturer set to make a decision on whether to promote Jorge Martin or Ina Bastianini after the Austrian Grand Prix in August.

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