Oct 11 2014

ANTONELLI SNATCHES LAST-GASP FRONT ROW IN MOTEGI QUALIFYING. FIFTH ROW FOR BASTIANINI

ANTONELLI SNATCHES LAST-GASP FRONT ROW IN MOTEGI QUALIFYING. FIFTH ROW FOR BASTIANINI

Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 rider Niccolò Antonelli produced an outstanding performance during the qualifying for the Grand Prix of Japan, which took place this afternoon at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit: the 18-year-old youngster from Cattolica clinched the second fastest time setting at the very end of the session a good 1’56”899 and therefore he will start tomorrow from the front row of the grid.This is the third front row start of the season for Antonelli after those claimed in Jerez and Brno: Niccolò took the lead in the early stages with a lap time of 1’57”320, then he was able to improve in his last attempt, closing just behind of Brit Danny Kent, who set the pole position today.His teammate, rookie Enea Bastianini, on the other hand will start from the fifth row with the fifteenth fastest time, 1’57”533: the 16-year-old rider from Rimini, who had crashed during the third and final free practice session this morning, found himself not perfectly at ease with the bike, especially on the fast corners, and tomorrow he will continue to work with the team to close the gap from the front. NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (2nd - 1'56"899)“We worked very well on the bike and I felt very comfortable since the beginning of the qualifying session, therefore I set immediately a very good lap time. Then I put the hard tyres and I continued to maintain a good pace, with all my lap times below the 1'58” mark. At the end of the qualifying session, as always, alle the riders were on the limit and it was not easy to find the right lap in the middle of traffic: I found it right in my last attempt. We knew we had a good chance today and we succeded! However, tomorrow the first part of the race will not be easy with a full tank, but I will give my best and if the podium is within our reach, I will fight to the end to take it!”. ENEA BASTIANINI (15th - 1'57"533)“The one this morning was a normal fall, which did not affect the result of qualifications: the front tyre was already quite worn and I wanted to push anyway, so I crashed. Actually, this afternoon I was not able to set a good lap time because I was not feeling really comfortable on the bike and as a result I was not able to ride as I wanted. I struggled especially in the first sector, and in general in the fast corners, where I find it hard to close the line. Tomorrow we will try to solve these problems ahead of the race”.

Published on : Oct 11 2014