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Fourth Row For The Junior Team Go&Fun Moto3 In Sachsenring Qualifying Before Rain Stops Play
Posted by: newsla on Jul 12, 2014 - 05:04 PM
Fourth Row For The Junior Team Go&Fun Moto3 In Sachsenring Qualifying Before Rain Stops Play

Both Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 riders will start tomorrow’s German Grand Prix from the fourth row of the grid: this afternoon at the Sachsenring circuit Enea Bastianini and Niccolò Antonelli claimed the 10th and the 12th fastest time respectively during the Qualifying session, affected by rain with 15 minutes to go.


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After struggling this morning in the third and final free practice session, Bastianini could immediately improve his pace in Qualifying, scoring a good 1’27”752 at the end of his first exit: after setting his best partial times in the first three sectors of the track, Enea could even lower his time by 2 or 3 tenths of a second if he hadn’t been slowed down in the last part of the circuit by another rider.

His teammate, Niccolò Antonelli, will put his KTM in the same row of Bastianini with the 12th fastest time, 1’27”853: the 18-year-old Italian rider was caught off guard by the bad weather and was therefore unable to take advantage of all the new tyres available, but he was still good to get his best time when it had already started to appear the first drops of rain on the track.

NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (12th - 1'27"853)
“We faced these qualifications with a strategy that didn’t predict the arrival of rain, so we started with used tyres and also on the second exit we put only the new rear tyre, then due to the rain we were not able to take advantage of the new front tyre and another rear soft tyre. Anyway, when it started to rain I managed to shave a few hundreths to my best lap time, though the grid position didn’t change. I think it's a good sign to be able to do such a performance in these conditions. Probably the second or third row were within our reach. Tomorrow we will try to bring home the best result possible, making another clever race like we did in Assen”.

ENEA BASTIANINI (10th - 1'27"752)
“From a certain point of view I’m a bit disappointed because I knew that I could get something more, but overall I’m happy because this morning we were in trouble: I couldn’t ride how I wanted. This afternoon, instead, I felt immediately at ease, and now we only need to fix a few details. Too bad because in my fastest lap I met Rins that slowed me down in the final part of the track and from the telemetry data you can see that I lost 2 or 3 tenths. Later, when it started to rain, I tried to push at the beginning of the lap, but then I decided not to risk and come back to the garage... Tomorrow we start from the fourth row, but we have the potential to make a good race”.

"Unfortunately the rain has actually shortened these qualifications, in which both Bastianini and Antonelli performed well; Enea immediately improved his lap times and if he had not found another rider at the end of his best lap he could even get a better position on the grid; Niccolò instead started the session with calm and then he couldn’t improve as he would have liked because of the rain, although he was good to get a good lap in difficult conditions. We are a bit disappointed because starting from the fourth row is quite an handicap on this track, it is obvious, but we remain confident ahead of the race, in which it will be important to make a good start to try to stay in front”.

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