It was a bitter Friday in Austria for Enea Bastianini, because at the end of FP2 the rider from Romagna remains out of direct access to Q2. As if that weren't enough, the Ducati rider also had to deal with a crash at the end of the session which complicated his plans.
The fact is that Enea is struggling to find the right confidence with the GP23, a bike that he knows little about due to the bad injury sustained in Portimao.
“This Friday could have gone better – said Enea – at first the day started quite well, then when I started to push the usual problems returned, difficulties in braking and cornering. I can't ride the way I want and in the end I even crashed. It's a shame, because I could have done better with that bike, but in the left-hand turn 2 I lost the front and ended up on the ground".
In all of this Enea is working on different areas.
"We tried to smooth out various areas. In FP2 I then made another change to have more confidence when braking from upright, but then I crashed anyway. It's a real shame, because I couldn’t do a real time attack and I wasn't able to find my true potential and that of the bike. I'm consoled by the fact that with used tyres I lapped well, and it seemed I'd found a path. But let's see tomorrow what the situation will be".
It’s not an easy moment, but Enea avoids getting caught up in anxiety.
“This is only my second race where I feel OK and I’m not worrying. If the situation were to still be like this in five-six races, it would be a problem. I just have to focus on taking the race as a test with the aim of finding the feelings I'm missing. Today I tried to get a good result, but it's not what I can aspire to".
And to think that last year the rider from Romagna was flying with the Gresini-entered GP22.
“I know that what we did last year can be done again, because in the end I'm always the rider. However, I must understand why I make so many modifications to the bike but nothing changes. I always seem to be at the same point. It's a delicate situation and the goal is to find good sensations because the rest doesn't matter to me. The moment they arrive the results will come ”.