Sep 27 2014

STRONG TOP TEN FINISHES FROM BASTIANINI AND ANTONELLI AT MOTORLAND ARAGON


The Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 completed today a successful weekend at the MotorLand Aragon with both riders undertaking convincing displays and finishing inside the top 10 in round 14 of the Moto3 World Championship. Enea Bastianini and Niccolò Antonelli clinched the sixth and the ninth place respectively, thus collecting important points before the flyaway races outside Europe in Japan, Australia and Malaysia.Started well from the second row, Bastianini immediately took third place, but then he couldn’t stay with the leading group: despite a run off the track halfway through the race, the rookie from Rimini always fought between the eighth and sixth position, keeping the latter until the finish line.His teammate Niccolò Antonelli enjoyed a determined race, which saw him finish in the top ten despite the recent surgery on his right collarbone: the 18-year-old rider from Cattolica was forced to run off the track two times to avoid Guevara and Migno’s bikes, who fell in front of him, but he still managed to stay in the fight in the second group of riders, closing ninth under the checkered flag, the same position obtained in yesterday’s qualifying.

NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (9th) “I’m very happy with this result because today we faced very difficult conditions, perhaps the worst I could find given my situation: especially in the early laps in fact the risks were so many. I lost rear grip several times and made some runs off the track; later I also had to avoid two crashes in front of me, those of Guevara and Migno, losing more time. I would have preferred the dry or a full wet race, conditions where we were competitive, but today we couldn’t ask for more and I’m satisfied. It was also important to ride the bike as much as possible in order to be fit for the upcoming races: in Japan I will be in better shape and I will try to return to fight for the podium.”

ENEA BASTIANINI (6th) “I started the race well and in the first two laps I was able to stay in the leading group at the, but then I was not able to keep their pace, slipping back. Especially in the beginning the conditions were difficult, but I felt more at ease than in the second part of the race. Today I struggled to ride as I wanted and I made some mistakes. Difficult races can happen, now we look forward to Japan.”

FAUSTO GRESINI “It was not an easy race at all: in these conditions Bastianini probably struggled even more, being the less experienced rider among the protagonists. In addition, Enea today was not perfectly comfortable with the bike and had to take a few risks too. All in all he did a good race, picking up important points for his championship. This experience will be useful for his growth. I’m happy for Niccolò, who managed to enter the top ten, a result which was not granted, given the recent difficulties he had, not least the recent surgery to his collarbone. He performed well and I’m satisfied.”

Published on : Sep 27 2014