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Mattia Pasini will ride as a wild card at the Italian Grand Prix after testing at Aragon for the Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 team.
For the Italian rider, who will start the race as a wild card, this opportunity represents the return to a category in which he participated in 60 Grands Prix from 2010 to 2014.
To prepare for the Italian race, Pasini today ended two days of testing at Motorland Aragon, where he could get acquainted with the bike that he will use at Mugello, immediately putting in good lap times. Pasini’s crew chief in the garage will be the experienced Mauro Noccioli.
“Coming back on track in these two days of testing was fantastic, it was like coming back home after a long time! Actually I felt as if I had never stopped riding: I was able to be immediately fast yesterday morning, at the beginning of the first day of testing, while in the afternoon a small crash prevented me from improving my performance. Also today in the second and final day of testing we made a good job, despite a small problem slowed us down in the morning, when the track was in the best condition. However, in the afternoon we continued our work and we remained among the fastest riders, therefore I’m very pleased with how it went, and with the behaviour of the bike. I’m happy to return at Mugello, my home Grand Prix, where I have already won twice in the past. In addition I will be with a team with which I have always wanted to race, so I hope that this opportunity will be the beginning of a new era for me in Moto2! Of course we must be realistic: it won’t be easy. The other riders took part at all the previous races and made all the winter testing, while I stopped for some time. Nevertheless, I start this new adventure with great optimism, confident that I can do well”.
“I’m pleased to race again in Moto2 with an Italian rider and especially I’m happy to offer this opportunity to Pasini, which I think is one of the most talented riders: we have been talking about it for a while and finally we could realize our desire, racing together in the Italian Grand Prix. I’m convinced that Mattia can do well: Mugello is a track where he has already won in the past, both in the 125 and 250cc class and certainly this is a great opportunity for him to show his potential. In preparation for this race we had two days of testing at Aragon, where Mattia immediately marked good lap times, proving that in this period of inactivity he has been training hard in order to be ready for his return”.
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