According to reports from the Spanish outlet Ibiza DiaryBagnaia crashed a Citroën into a roadside ditch in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The Guardia Civil and local police arrived at the scene and carried out an alcohol test on the driver, identified as Bagnaia.
Bagnaia gave a reading of 0.87mg/l, three times the legal blood alcohol level of 0.25mg/l allowed for Spanish drivers to get behind the wheel of a car. The Ducati rider was the only person involved in the incident and no injuries were reported.
Ducati has since confirmed the information at Motorsport.com’s request, while Bagnaia later released a statement on its social media explaining what happened and apologizing.
“Last night I was in Ibiza with my friends for a game during this break from MotoGP,” Bagnaia wrote. “We celebrated and toasted together for my victory in the Dutch GP. As I was leaving the disco at 3am, I was facing a roundabout when I found myself with the front wheels in a ditch without involving other vehicles or people.
“However, the blood alcohol test carried out by the police revealed that the blood alcohol level was higher than what is allowed by Spanish law.
“I’m sorry for what happened; I’m pretty much a non-drinker, and this was gross negligence that shouldn’t have happened.
“I apologize to everyone and I can assure you that I learned the lesson. Never drive after drinking alcohol. Thank you.”
Bagnaia now faces a license ban, with the offense punishable by a one to four year driving suspension.
Ducati has made no public comment on the incident.
It came just two weeks after Bagnaia 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 and took advantage of a collision between championship leader Fabio Quartararo and Aleix Espargaro on lap five of the race to open a significant lead, from which he kept the VR46 Ducati rider at bay Marco Bezzecchi.
It was Bagnaia’s third win of the season, following successes in his home race at Mugello and the Spanish GP at Jerez.
But so far four DNFs in 2022 have severely damaged Bagnaia’s title hopes, with the Italian now 66 points behind Quartararo heading into the summer break.
Earlier in the year Ducati announced it had re-signed Bagnaia for a further two years, retaining the seven-time MotoGP race winner until the end of 2024.
The identity of his team-mate to the Ducati factory team next year remains a mystery, with the Italian manufacturer set to make a decision on whether to promote Jorge Martin or Enea Bastianini after the Austrian GP in August .