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Tough day for Niccolo Antonelli and Enea Bastianini at Jerez
Posted by: newsla on Mar 13, 2014 - 06:23 AM
Tough day for Niccolo Antonelli and Enea Bastianini at Jerez

The official Moto3 IRTA Test continued today at Jerez with some difficulties for the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3: Niccolò Antonelli suffered a minor crash and he was stuck in 12th position with a best time of 1’47”231, unable for the moment to catch the good lap times achieved in the previous test carried out in Andalusia at the end of February. Slowed by the strong wind, the Italian struggled to find the right feeling with his KTM and tomorrow, in the last day of winter testing available, he will try to regain the competitiveness that has always distinguished him during all the pre-season.


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His team-mate, Enea Bastianini , finished the day with a best lap of 1’48”586, thereby improving his yesterday’s performance by 0.8 of a second; the rookie from Rimini – which has a right hand still sore - has been hampered by understeer on his bike, a problem that he will try to solve tomorrow along with the team’s technicians.

“Today we struggled a bit: the strong wind accentuated some of the problems that we had experienced previously here in Jerez so today I couldn’t ride as I wanted. The bike was a bit nervous, it was moving a lot, so we were not able to make the most of this day of testing. Tomorrow we will try to understand why, trying some chassis set-up changes. We hope to improve, however I’m not worried: we know what is our level, and we believe that soon we will return to show it”.

ENEA BASTIANINI (1'48"586 - 45 LAPS)
“Today was not great, but we’re not complaining about it: as we did yesterday during the first day of testing, we continued to try different set-ups, but we have not yet identified the best solution. At the moment I'm struggling to follow the right lines on track, because the bike is understeering. Tomorrow we will try, above all, to overcome this problem”.

“I'm not happy with this testing session: like yesterday, today Antonelli suffered once again a fall and this is quite worrying ahead of the season opener. Niccolò is very fast, but he must find the right balance that he will enable him to be competitive without making mistakes: at this time, with the start of the championship just behind the corner, it is essential to avoid mistakes, and above all we must try to be strong even when we hit hard times. Moreover, we have seen how the fall occurred to Bastianini at the end of February has had an impact on his learning process: Enea’s right hand is still not completely healed, giving him trouble, and unfortunately this is slowing him down”.

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