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Bastianini: “It’s not easy to interpret”

Bastianini: “It’s not easy to interpret”

The Motul Grand Prix of Japan will be vital for Enea Bastianini’s title hopes as his rival is presented with their first title chance.

It was a dramatic last lap to the Aragon GP, both Enea Bastianini and Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) fell and were unable to remount, resulting in an unchanged points difference between the title rivals. With 55-points splitting the Italian from the Brit, Kent taking the title in Motegi is unlikely but mathematically possible, and even a small mistake from Bastianini would be devastating. Four rounds remain, presenting 100 points for the Gresini Racing Team Moto3 rider to potentially earn and, as shown in Aragon, mistakes can happen for bother riders and even a 55-point gap can close quickly.

Last year’s Japanese GP saw a spirited ride from Bastianini, battling through to eighth having started down in 15th. Hard braking followed by heavy acceleration will highlight the differences between the KTM and Honda Moto3™ machines, Honda had the low-end advantage early in the season, but KTM has worked hard and intorduced a new frame in Misano. The World Championship also begins its most intense period with the Japanese GP, three races run in succession without a break.

Enea Bastianini: “The Grand Prix which kicks off this long trip is one of my favorites: the Motegi circuit in fact presents many hard braking points where I feel particularly at ease, and I like a lot the whole track because it’s not easy to interpret. Last year we started the weekend really well in practice, then we lost a bit the way in Qualifying and therefore in the race it was a bit complicated to recover positions, so this time we hope to be able to start from a more advanced position on the grid. We're fresh from a race in which we might have gained many other important points for the championship battle, but that actually has left everything unchanged, with one less race to play. The games however are still open and anything can happen, so we'll keep trying our best”.

Moto3, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing Team Moto3

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