After two days of rain and uncertain weather, the sun finally returned to shine at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Cheste and the #EuropeanGP ended with an amazing news: Enea Bastianini is leading again the Moto2 World Championship.
An incredible race for Enea, who could have conquered the podium if he had not been “penalized” by an unlucky qualifying.
Starting from the fifth row, after two laps Enea was able to recover nine positions, from fifteenth to sixth, thanks to an excellent start.
He managed well the tyre drop a few laps from the checkered flag and with a constant pace under the 1’36” he finished fourth after overtaking Baldassarri. In this way he scored thirteen important points and, for the third time this season, he is again leader of the standing, six points ahead of the main contender in the title fight.
“I’m happy! I started well, trying to recover positions.
I had a good pace and I thought I could take the first ones, but they also had a great pace. When Lowes crashed I tried to push a little bit more, but in the last laps I preferred to go back on my times and race safely. Very good because now I’m back first in the standings”.
A positive Sunday for Nicolò Bulega too, who was able to put together a consistent performance, scoring an important result in what has been so far a difficult season for the Italian.
The final eighth place is so far this year the best result for Nicolò, but it can only be considered a starting point ahead of the final two races and the 2021 season.
“I’m very happy with this race. We were coming from a difficult period of time and the weekend went well: we were in the top ten both in qualifying and in the race, and in very different conditions. We needed a positive result and now we’ll try to build on it for the final two races.”
Stefano Manzi, thanks to a good comeback, finished the race in fifteenth position, conquering an important point, useful to keep going in this season’s final rush.
“It hasn’t been an easy race. This morning during Warm Up we finally ran on dry asphalt, even though I wasn’t so fast. I’m still working, alongside the team, in order to seek new solutions and improvements for the bike. In the first laps I felt good on board, but then I had to stabilize the pace. I preferred to keep a steady pace and I didn’t take any risk. Conquering a point, after all the difficulties of the weekend, is indeed a good result for sure. Now we’ll be back to work on the set up for the next race, because we want to be much more competitive”.
Starting with the twelfth fastest time set on Saturday in a wet qualifying session, Andrea Dovizioso managed to recover some positions immediately after the start, passing eighth across the line on the first lap. As he dropped back into tenth place again after a few laps, Dovi managed to recover two positions towards the end of the race, eventually crossing the finishing line in eighth place.
After the twelfth round of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship, Andrea occupies the sixth position in the overall standings.
“I wasn’t feeling very well physically today, but fortunately, I managed to be consistent in the race. In the first laps, I recovered several positions, but in the beginning, my feeling with the bike wasn’t good. Only towards the end of the race, I was able to have a good speed, and this is an interesting aspect that we will have to focus on. I’m not happy with today’s result, but now we have some interesting data to work on ahead of the next GP, which will take place here in Valencia again next Sunday”.
Pecco Bagnaia started in a very incisive way, the pace was very fast and immediately recovered 5 positions.
The feeling of Pecco was perfect, but shortly after setting the second fastest time on the track he crashed in turn 2 and had to leave the race on lap five.
“Too bad because I had a good start, I was going really fast and the feeling with the bike was great.
I made a mistake and I paid for it.
Unfortunately, starting from this far back leads you to push very hard to recover the gap.
My goal will be to try to start as far back as possible for the next race and make the most of the bike’s potential”.
Romano Fenati, starting from the sixteenth position on the grid, made an excellent comeback and at the tenth lap he reached the seventh position. Unfortunately, after exceeding track limits, he had to serve two long lap penalties and at the end of the race he finished in thirteenth position.
“A somewhat shadowed race today, since we did not manage to obtain what was in our possibilities. We were fast and we could have reached a completely different result, remaining in the leading group. I have been stacked in the second group, where unfortunately the other pilots have been more strong in the braking phase. This didn’t allow me to make a difference. This is not the result that I was aiming to, for this reason next weekend will be necessary to start ahead, to collect what we deserve.”
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