Perhaps not in her best dreams, Enea Bastianini would have imagined reaching Mugello as the best Ducati team driver, but most importantly as the only one to have won three races this MotoGP season. That last one was just two weeks ago at Le Mans.
Despite this, the Gresini Racing driver was still hesitant for a moment when he was asked about his chances of fighting for the World Championship: “I’m not holding back, but I’d rather see you again race by race. made three wins, but also a few races that were a bit so -so. I want to be more effective everywhere, without making too many mistakes “, said Enea, third in the standings at -8 from Fabio Quartararo, immediately after the end of the Grand Opening conference Italian price.
The weekend certainly has a special attraction for all Italian riders, including Bastianini: “The pressure is definitely there, but here it’s better, because we race at home: there are a lot of Italian fans, Ducati spectators, I. friends, so it’s really good.”
Then there’s the curiosity associated with “Animals”. If in Misano he always had a positive tradition, with his first victory in Moto3 and his first podium in MotoGP, in Mugello he never managed to beat 3. But according to him there was no right chance.
Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing
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“For no technical reason, I think more about some of the situations in Moto2. In Moto3 we know what the problem is: there you have to always get up and be in the right place at the right time. I remember in 2017, I had found number two in the penultimate lap and the 18th in the end, it was tough. But in Moto2 I did really well when I debuted, then in 2020 we didn’t race here. Last year, on the other hand, I didn’t start in MotoGP, so I didn’t get many opportunities “.
The forecast suggests a lower-than-expected turnout for Saturday’s race, but Enea, like his other teammates, seems confident that the general won’t fail: “It’s definitely going to be a lot. We know, it’s definitely going to be like that at Mugello. It’s definitely going to be more. from last year (laughs, last year the door was closed), so it’s better to go back to normal.I don’t know how many people will be in the stands and in the yard, but who will be there will be a beautiful ‘now’.
Finally, about the most formidable rivalry of the weekend, he said: “I want to see Quartararo and Aprilia, which can slide a lot in corners, so it can be very fast here. Then of course we at Ducati are always good or bad. There” .