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Solid Start For Antonelli At Jerez IRTA Test. Bastianini Works On Bike Set-Up
Posted by: newsla on Mar 12, 2014 - 07:00 AM
Solid Start For Antonelli At Jerez IRTA Test. Bastianini Works On Bike Set-Up

The Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 was back in action today at Jerez for the first of three final days of winter testing in preparation for the 2014 Moto3 season: Niccolò Antonelli and Enea Bastianini were back in the saddle of their KTM, resuming the work from the good base reached at the end of last February.


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Niccolò Antonelli finished the day with the fifth fastest time, setting a good 1’47”549, just three tenths of a second from the top: the 18-year-old from Cattolica eighteen spent the three today’s sessions working on several adjustments to the chassis, in order to improve some aspects which were still not clear during the previous test. His teammate, Enea Bastianini, yet slightly slowed from the injury to his right hand, struggled to find the right feeling with the bike despite several adjustments to his bike. The youngster from Rimini completed a total of 38 laps, the quickest in 1’49”398.

“Today we resumed testing with no pressure, therefore the lap times are not yet at the level of those signed in late February, but we are still close to the top and this is positive. We spent this first day focusing on clarifying some doubts related to certain chassis set-up solutions that we have already tried at the previous test; now the right path to follow appears more clear, so tomorrow we will continue to work in the same direction”.

ENEA BASTIANINI (1'49"398 - 38 LAPS)
“Apart from the injured hand, that is still annoying me a bit, today I had no feeling with my bike. Tomorrow we will try different chassis set-up solutions to try and overcome this problem, but for sure we still have a lot of work ahead. Obviously I'm still in a learning process, and therefore I have yet to adapt to this bike, but at Almeria and also at Valencia the situation was already pretty good. Here in Jerez instead I'm struggling, but that's normal: we are already happy with the level we reached this winter, but we want to improve more and I believe that soon we will succeed”.

“Twenty days after the last test we have carried out in Spain, today we were back in Jerez and I must say that it’s nice to show once again our competitiveness: this means that we have worked well so far. Niccolò completed a successful day of testing, in which he did a good ‘recap’ of all the work done during last February, removing some doubt in terms of set-up. As for Enea, we are helping him in his apprenticeship to this category: unfortunately, at the moment in this circuit he’s struggling to find the right feeling with the bike, but we know we can improve a lot: it's only a matter of time”.

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