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Solid First Outing In Austin For Antonelli And Bastianini
Posted by: newsla on Apr 12, 2014 - 06:13 AM
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Solid First Outing In Austin For Antonelli And Bastianini


Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 riders got off to a promising start at the second Moto3 World Championship event of the year, which kicked off today at the Circuit of The Americas.

 

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In spite of stomach problems that have weakened him physically, Niccolò Antonelli closed the first day of practice with the sixth fastest time, 2’17”723, while his team-mate, rookie Enea Bastianini, entered the top ten with the ninth fastest time, 2’18”408.

Tomorrow the action will resume with the third and final practice session, followed by the 40-minutes qualifying session, which will determine the starting grid for the Grand Prix of the Americas.

NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (6th - 2'17"723)
“I am very happy, because last year I just couldn’t understand this track, but this year I was able to be fast straight away. I kept a good pace, either alone or together with the other riders, and I already know where I can improve ahead of tomorrow’s sessions. Unfortunately I suffered a stomach ache and in this moment I feel weak. I hope to feel better tomorrow”.

ENEA BASTIANINI (9th - 2'18"408)
“I'm satisfied because we did two really good practice sessions: in the morning the bike still had some problems, while in the afternoon the situation improved. First, I changed my riding style by watching at other riders’ lines, then we worked on the engine brake and we also made ​​some other small changes to the bike. Something is still missing, because in some corners I still feel a bit of chatter, but we are definitely on the right way. Tomorrow we will try to improve even more, although it will not be easy”.

FAUSTO GRESINI
“It’s been a positive first day: although he wasn’t well physically, Niccolò managed to set a good sixth fastest time, while Bastianini scored a surprising ninth place, which honestly I was not expecting. Also Enea, moreover, was not in the best physical condition, having suffered a strong headache - probably he has not yet absorbed the jet lag. We are still working on set-ups, but all in all we are off to a good start. We hope first of all that the riders tomorrow can feel better physically and if we continue on this path we can definitely do well”.


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