The curtains comes down at the end of one of the most incredible seasons in the history of Gresini Racing, with Enea Bastianini – who was seventh at the chequered flag today – finishing third overall in the 2022 MotoGP World Championship and Best Independent Team Rider.
The Valencia race was a very complicated one, with plenty of crashes and tension in the air: after a disappointing qualifying result, Enea did a great job in staying focused and finding a solid result in the points, while at the same time overtaking Aprilia and Aleix Espargaró in the standings (with the Spaniard forced to retire few minutes after the start of the race).
Team Gresini MotoGP wishes to congratulate Pecco Bagnaia and the whole Team Ducati Corse for the World Championship title. Please, treat Enea well.
ENEA BASTIANINI #23
“It was a difficult race and I only at the end I got to know Aleix had retired. We did a good job, especially after a disastrous Saturday. I’m happy with this third place and the best independent rider title. I think it has been a great season and I’d like Team Gresini for supporting me in every moment. This season result also goes to Fausto.”
Team Gresini MotoGP and Enea Bastianini had an excellent show of strength at Sepang and once again proved to be among the main protagonists of the season. Another podium came for the #23 – which adds to the already excellent series of accomplishments of 2022 – at the end of a race battled with his soon-to-be teammate and likely next champ Bagnaia.
I’m happy, because 20 points are important to continue the chase to Espargaró, but at the same time I’m a little disappointed because when I was at the front, something changed and the feeling with the bike wasn’t the same. We’ll analyse the data to understand what happened… The important thing is that we showed once again to be among the top players in this category. We’ll try to wrap things up the best way at Valencia.
A superb comeback marked Enea Bastianini’s race, as the Australian encounter saw had its share of drama. After a not-too-exciting start, a jolt after few laps activated the airbag system on the #23’s leathers; from then onwards, he put together an incredible pace, which allowed ‘Bestia’ to secure fifth place and keep his title hopes alive.
Today’s top-five result translates in a bunch of points lost to Bagnaia, but plenty recovered on Quartararo (DNF) and a few on Espargaró (9th). Bastianini is still 4th, but only 15 points away from the top three and still mathematically in contention for the title (-42 points).
I’m only half happy because we had without a doubt a great race, but a better starting position would have helped and not just a little bit. Even two positions would have changed the race. In any case, we’re happy: we had a great pace and recovered many positions and why not, even some points in the standings. We’re still in the title race and it’s never over until it’s over. We’re now heading to Malaysia, and we’re fully focused on doing well, and to do so on Saturday too
With three races left to be contested, today’s sixth place by Enea Bastianini leaves many scenarios open for the championship standings. The rider #23 is defending fourth place from Miller (who trails him by only one point), but looks ahead to Aleix Espargaró’s third place, which is now 19 points away.
The Thai race was a very complicated one, with Oliveira the surprising winner (probably not even that much) and Quartararo incredibly empty handed. This 17th round was scary at times in some laps – as Enea himself claimed – due to pouring rain at times even ‘terrifying’.
“I’m quite happy. Too bad for the start as my mapping was inadequate and I couldn’t push as hard as I could have during the first lap. I was able to change it and stayed with the same settings for the whole race. The first ten laps were quite difficult, and I can’t deny I was scared… you couldn’t see a thing. Then the rain lowered its intensity and I think sixth today was our real goal. We got it and it’s good. Now we need to keep believing in the last three races, the classification is very tight at the top with many potential winners.”
Today’s win by Enea Bastianini at MotorLand Aragón can be considered as favour return after Misano and it is without a doubt the fourth, top-step trip of the season for him and Team Gresini Racing MotoGP, one that came at the end of a truly masterful performance by the Italian rider, who delivers the Constructors title to Ducati (also due to Quartararo’s DNF) and narrows the gap to the top of the standings down to 48 points.
Fabio Di Giannantonio’s unlucky weekend carried over into race day as after being held back by yellow flag situations in Q1, today he had to avoid Nakagami as the Japanese rider slid onto the asphalt after a coming together in the early moments of the race. Japan is around the corner, however, and with it a chance to make amends.
“Great victory and definitely not an easy one, because just like in Misano Pecco didn’t make any mistake. I made a move in the same moment: I was close, had margin and made it happen. I need to keep the momentum going in these last five GPS; I never raced in Japan with a MotoGP bike but I want to do well and try to always be on the podium.”
An excellent performance and spectacular finish marked Enea Bastianini’s race on home turf at Misano, which saw the standard bearer of Team Gresini MotoGP battling for the win up to the finish line with Pecco Bagnaia – his future teammate starting next season.
It was not an easy race for Enea, however, especially at the beginning, but he managed it the perfect way before recovering the right feeling and pace in the final laps, when he fought hard on equal terms with the Ducati rider #63. Courtesy of today’s result, ‘Bestia’ goes from sixth back to fourth in the standings, with now 138 points under his belt.
Ducati made their choice: the pilot who’ll ride side by side with Pecco Bagnaia in 2023 and 2024 will be Enea Bastianini. Great news for the italian rider who already sports three wins (Qatar, America and France).
His first statements are:
“I’m really happy to be wearing Ducati’s offical colors starting from next year. It was my dream and now it’s happened. In these last two years in MotoGP I’ve learned and grown a lot and I trust that with Ducati Lenovo Team’s engineers and technicians I can only get better! I thank Claudio, Gigi, Paolo and Davide for believing in me and giving me this incredible opportunity! I also want to thank Nadia and the Gresini team for the great support I received in this beautiful season together. I’ll try my best to finish the 2022 championship in the greatest way, before facing my new Ducati adventure with the utmost commitment and team spirit.”
This year Enea Bastianini’s Fan Club will an area of its own for the Gran Premio di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini. The grandstand is located at Brutapela, sector B. Tickets are sold only on TicketOne’s circuit, to buy them and support Enea Bastianini from his official grandstand you have to:
- visit TicketOne’s website
- Select the “GP San Marino e Riviera di Rimini 2022” event
- Select the desired date
- Select “Seating chart” to choose your preferred seat
- Select “Brutapela” from the available grandstands
- Select the pink-fuchsia seats with the fan club’s logo in sector “B”
We’re waiting for you in Misano!