Enea Bastianini managed to climb to the top of the podium in the last Grand Prix of Aragon, after several appointments kicking the stick. The Gresini rider, already confirmed as a Ducati official for 2023, beat Pecco Bagnaia by just a handful of thousandths of a second.
“I’m very happy with the last weekend in Aragon,” said the former Moto2 world champion at the press conference prior to the Japanese Grand Prix. “It was one of the best races of my life,” he said.
His trend since the summer break is clearly different from the first half of the campaign , in which he did not finish being regular. “After the holidays I felt more explosive, I don’t know why. I won three races before the summer, but it was difficult for me to be constant. I think that the 2021 bike has helped me to be competitive also in qualifying, and every time I have better sensations. The Ducati is a fantastic bike, especially with new tyres”.
The layout that hosts the Japanese weekend, Motegi, is to the liking of ‘The Beast’, and not only because it favors his mount. “Motegi is a beautiful circuit, with a lot of braking, which is something I like.” “I like the circuit, but also the Japanese fans,” he added later.
“But it’s going to be difficult, because I’ve never ridden here with MotoGP. In free practice I’ll have to look at other riders with more experience, like Márquez or Nakagami, to be able to qualify well”.
However, Enea does not consider that he is in inferior conditions either, since “the motorcycles have changed a lot since 2019″. ” There are more aerodynamic elements, we have height adjustment devices… and that changes,” he explained.
Where it is not in inferior conditions is in the general. Bastianini is fourth, 48 points behind Fabio Quartararo. Although it is a considerable distance, there are still five races to go, so Enea is not ruled out as a contender for the title.
“I think my chances are quite small, but I don’t give up on the championship. It’s important to have good races, like Aragón or Misano. I try to give my best every week to be able to score points in the general classification,” he said.
In line with the latter, the Italian had to repeat the lack of team orders by Ducati, something he pointed out as an “opportunity”. “For me it’s good, because I have that small opportunity. We’ll see at the end of the season if there are still no team orders.”
“The situation in the box is very calm, and my feeling is positive. I believe that Ducati wants it to be that way, and for the moment I have not received orders from the team. I don’t know later, that right now is unknown,” he concluded.
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