Coming into his second season within the premier class, Bastianini has switched from the defunct Avintia squad to Gresini Racing because it returns to being a real impartial outfit following seven years as Aprilia’s manufacturing facility entrant.
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Bastianini – who started his grand prix profession with Gresini Racing in 2014 in Moto3 – scored two podiums with Avintia in his rookie marketing campaign final yr, claiming third in each the San Marino and Emilia Romagna Grands Prix.
The Italian will proceed to journey a Ducati in 2022, however will pilot a 2021 factory-spec Desmosedici as an alternative of the 2019 bike he rode final season.
Having examined the bike already in November at Jerez, Autosport requested Bastianini throughout Gresini’s launch occasion on Saturday what the primary variations are between the GP19 and GP21.
“I’ve tried this bike solely on one monitor for the second in Jerez, however after I rode it for the primary time, I may see it was less difficult and [I was] extra relaxed throughout the session,” he mentioned.
“Additionally, whenever you push, you are able to do some errors and on the finish to not lose a variety of time and that is necessary, but additionally after I tried this I may see additionally [I could push] extra on the braking, I can brake extra late in comparison with the ’19 bike, but additionally [with] much less motion.
“For qualifying, that is incredible.”
Bike of Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing
Picture by: Gresini Racing
He additionally famous that the 2021 Ducati had higher nook velocity, including: “After I tried the ’21 bike for the primary time, from the beginning my feeling was higher after I was using the bike.
“Ducati, the DNA of the Ducati, is unimaginable for me.
“Additionally, in the midst of the nook you are able to do extra velocity and that is necessary for the race, for saving the tyres, however I feel this isn’t my largest drawback throughout the race.”
After his double podium in his rookie season, Bastianini admits “expectations for this season are excessive”, however pinpointed his “catastrophe” qualifying as an space he wants to enhance having began inside the highest 12 simply as soon as in 2021.
“The expectations for this season are excessive as a result of final yr, particularly over the last a part of the season, we did two podiums and I believed I may very well be aggressive in MotoGP,” he mentioned.
“For this yr, I’ve to enhance, as a result of final yr I learnt lots from the class and now I’ve to be extra constant throughout the season.
“Additionally, throughout qualifying, as a result of all my qualifying final yr was a catastrophe, however now with this bike for me shall be less difficult to do sooner laps in qualy.”
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