Sep 25 2014

BASTIANINI IMMEDIATELY UP TO SPEED ON DAY ONE AT ARAGON. PRUDENT START FOR ANTONELLI

BASTIANINI IMMEDIATELY UP TO SPEED ON DAY ONE AT ARAGON. PRUDENT START FOR ANTONELLI

Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 rider Enea Bastianini enjoyed today a positive start of the Aragon Grand Prix weekend, closing in fifth place the combined classification of the first two free practice sessions with a gap of less than 0.2 seconds from the fastest of the day, Spaniard Alex Rins.Fourteenth in the morning session, the 16-year-old rookie from Rimini has significantly improved his lap times in the afternoon, changing his lines and eventually posting a very good 1’58”985, already close to the track record, 1’58”571.Given the recent surgery to replace the plate on the fractured right collarbone, his teammate Niccolò Antonelli, kicked off the weekend in a cautious but encouraging way: the 18-year-old Italian limited to just six tenths of a second the gap from the top thanks to a lap time of 1'59”441, also maintaining a good pace in both sessions.

NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (12th - 1'59"441) “I’m happy because in spite of the pain I was able to ride and honestly today’s result is above my expectations: I kept a good pace and although I missed a fast lap, the gap from the fastest is only six tenths. We can improve again ahead of the race, although of course it will be difficult to be competitive at hundred per cent: this evening I will continue to do therapy to relieve pain, then I will give my best.”

ENEA BASTIANINI (5th - 1'58"985) “This afternoon we worked very well, understanding many aspects that were not clear this morning. In the afternoon, also, I changed my approach to the track, keeping different lines, and I was immediately able to put the bike where I wanted. In the final stages of the second session I put the hard tyre and I did a very good lap by myself, therefore I’m satisfied. Now we will analyze the data to see whether to make some changes to the bike or not, anyway we can still improve.”

FAUSTO GRESINI “We started well the race weekend: at some point, in the afternoon session, Enea was also leading the way, then he finished the day with a really small gap from the top; this obviously bodes well ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying, which we want to make the most of. Niccolò also made a very good job, considering that he underwent a surgery on his injured collarbone just 10 days ago. He’s feeling pain, however he’s able to ride and to be fast, so now let’s wait and see.”

Published on : Sep 25 2014