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Strong Start For Antonelli In Pre-Season Testing At Jerez
Posted by: newsla on Feb 18, 2014 - 07:08 PM
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Strong Start For Antonelli In Pre-Season Testing At Jerez


After the excellent results obtained at Almeria and Valencia, the pre-season testing resumed today at the Jerez Circuit for the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3: Niccolò Antonelli was once again among the fastest riders, scoring the fourth best time in the first of three days of testing scheduled on the Spanish track.

 

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After overnight rain, the morning session commenced with the track still damp, but in the afternoon the track conditions have improved and the Italian was able to work with his team, focusing primarily on adjusting the engine brake system: "Nicco" completed 52 laps, the best in 1’47”654.

After being the fastest “rookie” last week in Valencia, today Enea Bastianini suffered a crash at the beginning of the afternoon session, after only 11 laps. As a result of this fall, Enea reported a cut in his right hand after which he was forced to stop testing. However, Enea will be back on track tomorrow for the second day of testing.

NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (1'47"654 - 52 LAPS)
“We are competitive also here in Jerez, as a further confirmation that I'm feeling good with this bike. Unfortunately we lost almost all the morning session due to wet track conditions, but in the afternoon we did a really good job, especially focusing on the engine brake management, which we would like to improve a little. Today Miller was really fast and we are all very close, therefore we want to make a further step ahead tomorrow, trying to increase even more my feeling with the bike”.

ENEA BASTIANINI (1'51"109 - 11 LAPS)
"Unfortunately, I lost all the first day of testing: in the morning the track was still wet, while in the afternoon session I crashed immediately during the first lap: I went wide at turn 12 and the bike launched me with a 'highside'. Anyway I'm fine, although I've got a wound on my right hand which required two stitches. I can say that I already got my first 2 World Championship points! Seriously, tomorrow will be back on track to continue the test, hoping that the hand won’t give me too much bother”.

FAUSTO GRESINI
"It's been a first day with some positive things, and others negative. On the one hand I am happy with Niccolò’s approach: he worked quietly and always among the fastest, proving once again to be very competitive. On the other hand, I’m very disappointed for what happened to Enea: unfortunately he made a mistake that forced him to throw away an entire day of testing. He has already racked up two points on a hand, maybe he was envious of those taken by Simeon in Moto2... Joking aside, Bastianini is still very young, so such incidents can happen, but he needs to learn quickly to avoid this kind of mistakes. These three days of testing are very important, so it’s crucial to measure out the vehemence: the races are yet to start”.


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