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Bastianini: “Kent was in too much hurry to get back”

Bastianini: “Kent was in too much hurry to get back”

A tough Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix ends in the gravel for Enea Bastianini who is lucky to escape injury.

A crash during the Australian GP has ended Enea Bastianini’s hopes of lifting the 2015 Moto3™ World Championship, but it was not entirely the fault of Bastianini. The Italian and his Gresini Racing Team Moto3 believe the crash was caused by champion elect Danny Kent (Leopard Racing) who they felt was in too much of a hurry to return to the front and was as such riding over the limit. Until that point Bastianini had been making a strong charge through the field from a disappointing 29th on the grid. After the crash the Italian was taken for medical checks, revealing a micro-fracture to the ring finger of his left hand.

Now 56 points behind Kent, Bastianini’s best finish in the championship is potentially second. Despite the disappointment of being unable to take the title battle to Valencia, 2015 has been a great year for the Italian who has challenged for a world championship in just his second full season. His plans remain unclear in 2016, but no doubt Bastianini will again be a front runner in the Moto3™ World Championship.

Enea Bastianini: “Kent was in too much hurry to get back in front, he made a mistake and I ended up right in the middle of the crash. It’s a shame, because these last two races certainly didn’t go as we hoped: in Japan we still defended well, but here we had some set-up problems during practice. I knew that I could still emerge in the race today and everything was going pretty well. Even after a mistake I made when I was catching Fenati, with a small off-track excursion, I was convinced that I could close the gap to the leading group. But I have not had the opportunity to do it... Luckily in the fall I had only a small fracture to a finger of my left hand, that is not bothering me. It’s also a shame to lose the World Title in this way: I’m very disappointed because I believed in it, but now it’s all over because of a crash caused by my rival. However, I think that this year perhaps Kent deserves it more than me... Now our main target is to take back the second place in the standings: we will have to fight hard to do that, because in the last three races Oliveira has been very strong.”

Moto3, 2015, PRAMAC AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, RAC, Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing Team Moto3

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