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Disappointing Last Day Of Winter Testing For The Junior Team GO&Fun Moto3
Posted by: newsla on Mar 14, 2014 - 05:28 AM
Disappointing Last Day Of Winter Testing For The Junior Team GO&Fun Moto3

After no less than twelve days of testing on Spanish soil, the preparations for the 2014 World Championship campaign came to a close today at Jerez for the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3.


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After having been a protagonist for the majority of the pre-season, Niccolò Antonelli today was not able to finish the last day of testing as he wanted, ending the session in 14th position in the combined standings with a best lap of 1’46”840. Although the gap from the top is not too high - under six tenths of a second - during the three-day official IRTA Test the 18-year-old Italian encountered some more difficulties than expected.

The pre-season testing today have come to a conclusion also for Enea Bastianini, who completed today 38 laps, the quickest of which in 1’48”032. The Italian rookie continued to gain experience in preparation for his world stage debut, solving some understeer issues, even though he declared himself still not entirely satisfied with the chassis set-up of his KTM.

“Unfortunately, these three last days of testing were not exceptional; however, today was better than yesterday, although we were not able to improve our lap times and as a result the final position on the timesheet is clearly not what we expected. We have been competitive during all winter, so we remain confident ahead the Qatar Grand Prix, knowing that we are capable to fight for the top positions: after all, the chassis of the bike is fine, we only need to fix a few things to come back to the top”.

ENEA BASTIANINI (1'48"032 - 38 LAPS)
“To be honest, this final test was a bit disappointing, because we wanted to get more. At the beginning of the winter the situation was better than expected, while the latter part was more difficult, but I think that this is quite normal. Today, however, we did a good job, closing the gap to the other riders and continuing to fine-tune the bike set-up, although there is still a lot of work to do. The level here in the World Championship is very high and it’s definitely not easy, but I have great confidence because the team is working hard and the atmosphere is good”.

“Surely the winter tests have not ended with the results we expected, but we remain confident ahead the start of the season: we worked well and we know that when Antonelli will regain the right feeling with the bike, he will return to fight for the first positions. During all the previous testing sessions – at Almeria, Valencia and even here in Jerez at the end of February - we were among the fastest riders with Niccolò, so obviously this time we made some mistakes. We will try to find a solution in Qatar, perhaps doing a step back with regard to the chassis adjustments”.

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