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Fifth And Sixth Row For Antonelli And Bastianini After Busy Qualifying At Mugell
Posted by: newsla on May 31, 2014 - 04:16 PM
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Fifth And Sixth Row For Antonelli And Bastianini After Busy Qualifying At Mugello


Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 duo Niccolò Antonelli and Enea Bastianini are optimistic they can both finish inside the points in tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix after closing this afternoon’s Qualifying in 13th and 16th position, respectively, at the magnificent Mugello track.

 

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Leading the timesheets in the early stages of the 35-minute qualifying session, Niccolò Antonelli showed a good pace during an extremely busy run, with many riders looking for the advantage offered by the slipstreams, setting a good 1’58”127.

His team-mate, Enea Bastianini, improved his morning best lap time by almost a second, setting a very good 1’58”276: the 16-year-old rookie, who set his fastest time without slipstreams, will then start his home Grand Prix from the sixth row, but he can count on a good pace and is therefore confident of being able to score points tomorrow for the fifth consecutive race.

NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (13th - 1'58"127)
“All in all I'm pleased with my qualifying: before this race I said that it would have been enough to remain among the top 12 fastest riders, and we are here with them. In addition, at the beginning of the qualifying I was also leading the classification, so we must continue to work well and be positive for tomorrow’s race. My pace is not so fast right now, we need to improve some aspects on the bike, but we don’t want to set any goal; after the recent events, we must think only to collect what comes. Qualifications have been characterized by a lot of traffic, with many riders waiting to take advantage of the slipstreams: at the end of the session I think that I didn’t slowed down Miller; anyway, I have already apologized to him”.

ENEA BASTIANINI (16th - 1'58"276)

"I'm not very happy with the result because I knew I could get a better position on the grid, but unfortunately here at Mugello the slipstreams are very important and I haven’t been able to find anyone to follow. Therefore, I’ve been always alone during the session and this has not proved to be very productive. However, we can count on a good pace for the race and I believe there is still some room for improvement, so we remain optimistic for tomorrow”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“Niccolò has everything to be on the top, but at the moment is struggling a little; of course, these are not the results we expect from him, but the important thing is that he’s keeping calm and that he can continue to work with the team to get back to where it deserves to be, even if we need a little of patience. I am satisfied with the performance of Enea, who is doing his duty; probably his inexperience in this case has played an important role because he failed to take advantage of slipstreams, which here at Mugello make the difference. The race, however, is a different story, so hopefully we can get a good result with both our riders”.

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