Junior Team GO & FUN Moto3 rookie Enea Bastianini claimed today at Circuit de Catalunya his career-first Grand Prix podium thanks to a fantastic second place finish, after a hard-fought race who saw the young Italian racing with the right mix of intelligence and grit. Starting from the front row, Bastianini kept cool in the early laps, then he engaged a long battle with the others riders of the group right behind Alex Marquez, the only rider who managed to go away and in the end winner of the race. On the last lap, Enea was able to place his KTM ahead of more experienced Efren Vazquez, Jack Miller and Romano Fenati. A great performance considering that the 16-year-old rider from Rimini was only on his seventh Grand Prix, on a track on which he had never raced before this weekend. Thanks to this result, Bastianini is now in eighth place in the overall Championship standings with 45 points. His team-mate, Niccolò Antonelli, was unfortunately forced to retire following a crash: the 18-year-old Italian went down on the first lap as he lost the front at turn 12.
NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (DNF) “I was entering a quite fast corner, where is unusual to crash, when I suddenly lost the front… I honestly can’t explain why. Before entering the corner I was already down on the ground, then I also hit the barrier. Right now I feel a little bit of pain everywhere, but in general I’m fine. Now I will analyze all the data with the team in order to better understand what happened”.
ENEA BASTIANINI (2nd) “I am very happy, it’s been a fantastic race from the beginning! I fought hard at the front and in the end I also managed to win the battle for second place. Too bad only that Marquez was able to go away, but we couldn’t really keep his pace. Yesterday getting my first front row was a dream, but now I'm living a dream even bigger! It’s very nice to be already at this level: honestly when I made my debut in the World Championship I was confident that I would succeed, but only in the final part of the season; we are a bit in advance ... and it’s better! I want to thank very much the team, because they are teaching me so many things and they are helping me to grow: in this Championship the level is very high and to be competitive you must always be at the maximum also with the bike, and the team is doing an amazing job. This podium is dedicated first and foremost to my parents, who have allowed me to be here, and to the whole team”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “Today Bastianini made a fantastic race: I think that it’s an outstanding achievement for him getting the first podium in Moto3 after only a few races, and on a track he didn’t even know. Yesterday he got the second fastest time in qualifying and today he was able to repeat the same result thanks to a really smart performance: Enea raced like an experienced rider. I’m really excited and happy to have given him this opportunity. With regard to Niccolò, also this weekend he was not able to finish the race after the good work done during practice: it’s certainly a very difficult moment for him, and it’s not easy for us as well. We will continue to do our part, trying to help him, but when the race starts, he rides the bike by himself”.Published on : Jun 14 2014