Oct 19 2014

ANTONELLI DETERMINEDLY DUELS TO FINISH TENTH AT PHILLIP ISLAND. BASTIANINI FORCED TO RETIRE

ANTONELLI DETERMINEDLY DUELS TO FINISH TENTH AT PHILLIP ISLAND. BASTIANINI FORCED TO RETIRE

The Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 leaves Phillip Island with 6 points, collected by Niccolò Antonelli thanks to a tenth place finish in today's Australian Grand Prix, while Enea Bastianini was unfortunately unable to cross the finish line following a technical problem that forced him to retire on the thirteenth of the 23 scheduled laps. Starting from the fifth row with the 13th fastest time, Antonelli maintained his position at the start and fought with determination throughout the whole race in the group of riders behind the leaders. Twelfth with three laps to go, the 18-year-old rider from Cattolica later found himself in ninth place after Fenati, Kent and Binder crashes. Fighting with Finn Niklas Ajo, Antonelli was then beaten under the checkered flag for only one thousandth of a second, closing tenth. His teammate Enea Bastianini , who started from twentieth, showed an excellent start in which he immediately recovered six positions: the 16-year-old rookie from Rimini, who anyway was not able to chase the leading group, suffered a loss of power shortly before half distance, after which he was forced to retire on lap 13, while he was in fourteenth position. The Team now heads to Sepang to take part at the penultimate round of the Championship, the Malaysian Grand Prix scheduled in a week time. NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (10th)“I’m quite satisfied with the result: we could get more today, but I didn’t start very well and as a result I found myself fighting the middle of a group of riders without the opportunity to try to catch the leaders. All in all I’m happy to have collected some other points; I’m only disappointed for that thousandth of a second: at first I thought to have beaten Ajo for ninth place at the photo finish. Now we go to Malaysia knowing that we can keep a good race pace and if we can start in a more advanced position on the grid, we can try to stay with the first group”. ENEA BASTIANINI (DNF)“I had a good start and my intention was to go with the leading group, but today it was not possible: I wasn’t feeling comfortable on the bike. At a certain point I started to feel a drop in engine power; after 4 or 5 laps, when I was at Turn 9 of the thirteenth lap, the power dropped down sharply and I had to stop. It's a shame, but it went like this and we can’t do anything. Now we are already looking forward to the next race in Malaysia. The good news, however, is that also my direct rivals in the Championship standings - Vinales, Kent and Binder - have not collected points today”.

Published on : Oct 19 2014