Oct 10 2014

BASTIANINI AND ANTONELLI MAKE STRONG START IN JAPAN

BASTIANINI AND ANTONELLI MAKE STRONG START IN JAPAN

The Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 enjoyed a positive start to the Grand Prix of Japan today after Enea Bastianini and Niccolò Antonelli both mounted a strong challenge for the top six in sunny conditions at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. Already fast in the morning and able to get under the previous lap record after only 7 laps on a track he has never seen before, Enea Bastianini continued to lower his lap times in the afternoon, down to 1’57”685, the fifth fastest time, slightly more than 0.3 seconds behind English Danny Kent, the fastest on track today. Immediately behind Bastianini, Niccolò Antonelli claimed the the sixth fastest time of the day, 1’57”807: the 18-year-old rider from cattolica sported a good rhythm and was able to see an improvement of his right shoulder condition after the collarbone surgery of last September 16th. NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (6th - 1'57"807)“I’m very happy with this first day: the shoulder has not given me problems and I can ride the bike well, although obviously I’m not yet in top form. I’m just missing a little strength, because after the surgery I have not been able to train, but riding itself represents a workout that will take me to a gradual improvement over these three consecutive races. Today, many riders have already obtained very fast lap times, but I think there is still room for improvement, so tomorrow we’ll try to be even stronger”. ENEA BASTIANINI (5th - 1'57"685)“I like this track, it’s very beautiful! This morning I was able to understand it well from the beginning, even if I can’t explain why; probably the training with the PlayStation has been useful! Joking aside, I think this circuit suits me very much, so I’m feeling comfortable. Also in the afternoon everything went well: at the end the fifth position is good: we are all very close, with lap times already very good, but we think we have a little room for improvement. Tomorrow morning, with cooler temperatures, probably the lap times will drop further”.

Published on : Oct 10 2014