The rain disrupted today the first two free practice session of the Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini at the Misano circuit: the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 riders, Niccolò Antonelli and Enea Bastianini, set the second and fifteenth fastest time respectively, obtained during the morning session, before the intensification of rain in the afternoon.In the first session Antonelli made a very good 1’56”103 and he was beaten only by Spaniard Alex Rins, then he performed well also in the second free practice session, during which he set the fourth fastest time in 1’59”686 despite a slight fall in the final stages.His teammate, Bastianini crashed after only a few laps in the morning session, but he was able to re-join the track and to set 1’59”764. In the afternoon, the rookie from Rimini was out on track only in the final 10 minutes, getting a positive eighth fastest time.
NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (2nd - 1'56"103)“I’m very happy because we were fast this morning and also this afternoon, when it rained more. At the end of the second session the track conditions have improved, probably my bike was set for heavy rain conditions and therefore as soon as I made a small mistake the bike lost grip at the rear and I crashed. Anyway, today the conditions were really bad and many riders crashed. Tomorrow and Sunday the track should be dry, so today’s practice may have been useless, but it’s always good to be up front”.
ENEA BASTIANINI (15th - 1'59"617)“This morning, in the first free practice session, I crashed after a few laps and it was a big fall, fortunately without consequences, so I managed to re-join the track and continue the session. This afternoon, the rain intensified, so we preferred to stay in the garage; I went out on track only when the track conditions have improved in the last ten minutes of the session: in just three laps I managed to get the eighth fastest time, so I’m satisfied. This track is very slippery with the rain, I hope tomorrow will be sunny”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “Today we met with very difficult conditions, the track was slippery: Enea fell in the morning, Niccolò in the afternoon, but with these conditions it was very hard to avoid crashes. However, both our rider did a very good job today, and moreover today was not necessary to push too hard, considering that the weather is expected to improve for the rest of the weekend, so it’s very likely that today’s practice will prove to be useless”.