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Gresini Racing Moto3 rider Fabio Di Giannantonio ended 2016 as the top overtaker in Dunlop’s #ForeverForward initiative, which rewards riders from both FIM Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Championships. Official tyre supplier to the two championships, Dunlop launched the #ForeverForward league in 2015 - where a point is awarded for every place gain across the 18 races.
Di Giannantonio gained 113 places during the season, with the highlight being a 19 place improvement at British GP at Silverstone in September, where he came from 25th to finish sixth. Three times a podium finisher in 2016, the Italian was also in contention for Rookie of the Year, and finished the season in sixth place in the standings. The Gresini Racing Moto3 racer will receive the trophy at the pre-season tests in Spain next March.
James Bailey, Director, Motorsport PR and Communications: “We introduced the #ForeverForward trophy in 2015 to recognise riders’ fightbacks across the 18 rounds and we are delighted to confirm Fabio as the winner of the trophy this year. Moto2 and Moto3 are widely recognised for the close racing, which sees an incredible number of overtaking manoeuvres taking place each weekend. In the #ForeverForward award Dunlop is proud to recognise the talent and overtaking skill involved to allow riders to progress through the races. Fabio’s racecraft, developed on Dunlop tyres last year as a Red Bull Rookie Cup racer, was particularly impressive in his first Moto3 season and demonstrates his potential as a front-runner in 2017.”
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#ForeverForward league presented by Dunlop™
#ForeverForward after 18 rounds:
1. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Moto3) 113
2. Lorenzo Petrarca (Moto3) 107
3. Fabio Spiranelli (Moto3) 102
4. Xavi Vierge (Moto2) 102
5. Maria Herrera (Moto3) 97
6. Isaac Viñales (Moto2) 96