Bastianini 5th on grid for #IndonesianGP, Di Giannantonio 11th
It was an emotion-filled Saturday across the whole of Gresini Racing MotoGP garage as today the Faenza-based team sees both of its riders in Q2, with Enea Bastianini to line up on row two for tomorrow’s race, while Fabio Di Giannantonio will start the second encounter of the season from the 11th spot of the grid.
Let’s start with the rider #49, who did an incredible job in making it through Q2. He was the best-placed rookie today after setting an excellent 1’31.8secs lap-time, which was only four tenths of a second shy of the front row of the Indonesian Grand Prix.
Enea Bastianini proves to be in excellent form. Even though today’s second row appears like a given, the fifth position on the grid is his so-far second-best qualifying performance in the series.
We’re still not 100% ready and unfortunately this morning’s mixed conditions didn’t allow us to carry on with our work schedule as good as we’d liked. I chose not to take any unnecessary risk in FP3 and during FP4 I struggled in getting up to speed. The track improved little by little and I managed to set some good lap-times. In qualifying – if we take into account the two yellow flag situations – we cannot be but happy with fifth position. We’ll have to work hard during warm up, as we still need something extra to be really competitive.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO
I’m very happy: to get into Q2 in my second MotoGP race is a great result. We were all very happy within the pit-box and it was surely a good Saturday. I’m happy especially with the work done since Qatar. The front-end feeling has radically changed and I do notice it while on the track. I’m having fun, and results come when you’re having fun.