Niccolò Antonelli will start tomorrow’s Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini from the third row of the grid: this afternoon the 18-year-old rider of the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 claimed the seventh fastest time during the qualifying of his home race.Throughout the whole session Antonelli has always been in the fight for the top opsitions, but a crash in the final stages probably prevented him from reaching the front row, aresult he had achieved in the last two Grands Prix, at Brno and Silverstone. However, Niccolò can still count on a good competitiveness, shown today in the first dry day of practice at the Misano circuit, and tomorrow he will try to fight for a podium finish.Rookie Enea Bastianini struggled more than his teammate in today's qualifying, closing the session in 17th place. Along with his technical staff, the 16-year-old rider from Rimini will try to improve the set-up of his KTM during tomorrow morning’s warm up, then he will try to make a comeback in the race.
NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (7th - 1'43"546)“I’m so sorry for the small mistake I did at the end of the qualifying, because I would have loved to start at the front here as, although actually it’s not essential: at Brno and also at Silverstone I started the race from the front row, but then I couldn’t confirm the result on Sunday. The race, as always, is another story: the important thing is to stay in the first three rows and we are there, so tomorrow I think we can try to fight for the podium. Given that we rode only one day on the dry, there are still some details to be fixed on the bike, but we’re all in the same conditions”.
ENEA BASTIANINI (17th - 1'44"201)“Today didn’t go the way we wanted: we’re still working on the bike set-up and therefore we were not able to push hard; I struggle a bit all over the track, but especially in the first sector. Tomorrow morning we will use the warm up to improve and then, even if we start from behind, we will do our best, as always: I am still convinced that we can stay at the top, even though it will not be easy to make a comeback”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “It was not an easy day of qualifying, for sure: yesterday the track was wet and this morning the track was still in bad condition, so there was little time to work on the bikes. Despite all, Niccolò did a good job: the third row start will allow him to try to fight with the best riders tomorrow. Bastianini is struggling a bit more: tomorrow morning we will work to improve the set-up of his bike, then we count in his comeback. We know that Enea is capable to do extraordinary things”.