Marini 17th on #ValenciaGP grid, Bastianini 18th
Avintia Esponsorama Racing and Sky VR46 Avintia completed the last qualifying of the season at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, where neither of the two riders were able to enter to Q2.
Luca Marini, who failed to go through to Q2, will start 17th after stopping the clock at 1:31.073. The Sky VR46 Avintia rider will be looking to finish the season with a good position starting from the 6th row of the grid.
With a time of 1:31.185, Enea Bastianini will start from 18th position. The Italian, who hasn’t felt comfortable during the weekend, couldn’t pass the Q1 cut. From the 6th row of the grid, the Avintia Esponsorama Racing rider will try to make a good comeback tomorrow.
Tomorrow at 14:00 the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana race will start, where Bastianini and Marini will try to close the year with a good result for the team.
It’s a tricky track where it’s difficult to find a good feeling with the asphalt and tyres. I’m missing something at the front to be able to be completely comfortable with the handling. It was a pity the yellow flag in FP3, it would have been a different Saturday with direct access to Q2. I was fast, but maybe I lacked a bit of experience with the asymmetric front tyre, plus the rear grip is very difficult to manage. The more experienced riders are making the difference.
It was a bad day. Unfortunately we couldn’t understand why we couldn’t make a step forward compared to yesterday. I will start 18th and I will try to make a comeback, but I think it will be difficult. It’s the last race of the season, I will try to enjoy it and to finish in the best possible way.