Front row for Bastianini with 3rd in #SanMarinoGP qualifying, 14th for Di Giannantonio
The mixed conditions of a late-summer Saturday have shuffled the cards for Enea Bastianini, who after comfortably making his way to Q2 at his home Grand Prix, he was able to confirm his top-form status aboard the Ducati #23 by securing a front-row start at the #SanMarinoGP. The Italian finished with the third-quickest time, even though he will line up second on the grid due to the penalty inflicted to Bagnaia – who was ahead of him in the qualifying classification.
It was a Saturday of improvements for Fabio Di Giannantonio, who did his best both in FP3 and Q1 and finished 14th his qualifying day. Tyre choice will be crucial for both riders ahead of tomorrow, with track conditions continuously evolving temperature-wise.
3rd – ENEA BASTIANINI #23
I was really satisfied after a session that could have caused us a lot of troubles. We gambled on using slick tyres straight away even though the track was quite wet, especially on kerbs. I played my cards in several spots: I like to brake hard and late, and it wasn’t easy today. We had to be brave to finish near the top and we managed to do so.
14th – FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #49
We’re improving and compared to yesterday we made a big step with the bike, and we came very close to Q2, which was out target. Fourteenth place is not a disaster, our race pace is good, and we have to make a good choice tyre-wise. With a few more little steps forward in the warm-up – weather permitting – we will be competitive.