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Baldassarri: “I found a great pace”

Baldassarri: “I found a great pace”

A measured ride saw Lorenzo Baldassarri secure his first World Championship podium, continuing an upward swing in results.

Starting from ninth on the grid, Forward Racing’s Lorenzo Baldassarri was aiming to maintain his top ten position as the race got underway. The early stages saw the tall Italian struggle as he was shuffled around by several hyper aggressive Moto2™ riders. As the action settled down Baldassarri found his pace and soon began to make his way up the field and by the tenth lap he was battling with 2015 Moto2™ World Champion Johann Zarco for fifth. Luck played a role in his podium as both Jonas Folger (AGR Team) and Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) encountered problems. The last seven laps were perhaps the most tense of the Italian’s career as he rode carefully to maintain third and avoid falling.

Prior to the Australian GP Baldassarri’s best result was seventh, achieved at the San Marino GP in 2015. The path to this first podium has been difficult, his first year in the Moto2™ World Championship was plagued with crashes but under the tutelage of the VR46 Riders Academy he has grown to become one of Italy’s rising stars. Both Baldassarri and Forward Racing teammate Simone Corsi have 72 points, but it is Baldassarri who holds 11th on virtue of this podium finish.

Lorenzo Baldassarri: “"I'm really happy! I scored the first podium of my career on my favorite track. It was a great race: I struggled at the beginning, but then I found a great pace. I recovered on Zarco and then on Folger. When I saw on the board P3 I kept concentration. I just want to say thanks to all the team for the work they made. We started to work together at the beginning of the season, we grew up together and this is an incredible result for everyone. Thanks also to my family, the VR46 Riders Academy and all the sponsors for their support.”

Moto2, 2015, PRAMAC AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, RAC, Lorenzo Baldassarri, Forward Racing

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