After nine days of testing over two weeks, the intense pre-season testing program of the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 on Spanish soil concluded today at Jerez. After visiting Almeria and Valencia, Niccolò Antonelli and Enea Bastianini collected valuable data also at the Andalusian circuit.
Niccolò Antonelli ended the test third overall in the combined classification: despite having completed only 35 laps today, slowed by a technical problem on his KTM, the youngster from Cattolica - who turns 18 this Sunday, February 23rd - got again a good feedback, setting an excellent 1’46”452. His team-mate, Enea Bastianini, improved gradually his pace during the day, going up to 1’47”917: the 16-year-old from Rimini, however, has been struggling a lot today because of severe pain on his right hand. Just finished the February “tour de force”, both riders of the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 will be back in action at Jerez from 11th to 13th of March for the final preparations ahead of the Qatar Grand Prix, scheduled in just over a month, on March 23rd.
NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (1'46"452 - 35 LAPS)
“After three tests in three different circuits, now we go home happy! Also today everything went well, despite a problem with the bike that kept us in the garage for most of the day: in the few laps left I managed to get the third best lap time, thanks to the excellent work done yesterday on the bike. Here in Jerez we were competitive, although we struggled a little more than Valencia: Miller is very strong, over these three days we closed a little the gap from him, but not enough, so the goal for the next test in March is to try and stay with him”.
ENEA BASTIANINI (1'47"917 - 34 LAPS)
“Unfortunately, today was even harder than yesterday: I felt a lot of pain in my right hand and therefore I couldn’t do more than three consecutive laps. In addition, I always found a lot of traffic on the track, so I could not improve my lap times as I wanted. Too bad, but now we are already looking at the next test scheduled in March, when I will be fully fit: in fact, the hand injury should heal within ten days”.
“This series of testing sessions on Spanish soil has been long and hard for the team, but their efforts have been rewarded by the excellent performance of both our riders: Antonelli, despite being slowed by a technical problem in this last day, has always been a protagonist, confirming that our goals for the 2014 season are very ambitious. Niccolò is not disappointing our expectations, he has grown a lot and is putting into practice the experience gained in the first two years with us, working methodically and always with the utmost concentration. Both in Almeria and in Valencia, Enea has made excellent progress, proving to be one of the most promising Moto3 rookies, but unfortunately in Jerez he made a mistake that did not allow him to continue in the best way his apprenticeship; however, he has already shown good things. Now the team will return to Italy and we will begin to analyze the vast amount of data collected, in order to face the last pre-season test, scheduled from 11th to 13th of March in Jerez, aware of our goals and to take another step forward ahead of the first Grand Prix”.