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Gresini Racing to run Honda machinery with Bastianini and Locatelli in 2015

Gresini Racing to run Honda machinery with Bastianini and Locatelli in 2015

Gresini Racing's commitment to support young Italian talents in the Moto3™ World Championship will continue in the 2015 season with Honda machinery and an all Italian line-up, of Enea Bastianini and Andrea Locatelli.

Given his debut this year by Gresini Racing, 16-year-old Bastianini has performed well, with three podium finishes claimed at Barcelona, Brno and Silverstone.

The results have attracted the interest of Honda, who will be Gresini Racing’s technical partner for the 2015 Moto3 campaign. The two-year contract with Bastianini represents a long-term strategy, with a possible transition to a higher category in 2016.

Alongside Bastianini there will be 17-year-old Locatelli. The rider from Bergamo, who grew up as part of the Honda Italia Racing Project and was the 2013 Moto3 Italian Champion, is currently racing his first season in the Moto3 World Championship aboard a Mahindra managed by Team Italia FMI.

Bastianini commented, “I am delighted to continue to race for Gresini Racing: already at the beginning of the year I became convinced to stay here for the future, because I found myself immediately at ease. I’m having fun and I can work well together my technicians and my mechanics: this is also a factor that makes the difference. In 2015 I will be aboard a Honda and to race for such an important manufacturer is undoubtedly exciting; moreover, the bike is already proving to be very competitive and there is every reason to think that it will be even faster next season.”

Locatelli added, “I’m very happy to continue my experience in the Moto3 World Championship with Gresini Racing. 2014 is representing for me an important year of apprenticeship and to be able to continue my path in one of the best teams in the class will surely help me to take a step forward. I will race with a Honda, a very competitive bike, so there is every requirement to do well and of course I will give my best in order to succeed.”

Team Manager Fausto Gresini added, “I’m pleased to have defined our young riders’ development project for next year and to continue in the Moto3 class, which we consider essential to breed future champions. Bastianini, a great revelation of this year and our great discovery, will be again with us. With Enea we decided to plan a long-term commitment, over two seasons. Depending on the results, we will choose in which category to participate in the 2016 season.”

He continued, “Andrea Locatelli is a rider we already know from the Italia Honda Racing Project trophy and whom I respect very much: we see in him a good potential to work on, so we decided to give him this important opportunity. Finally, we decided together with the riders to choose Honda as a technical partner for 2015. We are obviously confident and happy to be able to count on this great manufacturer for our young riders’ development project.”

Moto3, 2014, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, Enea Bastianini, Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3

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