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MotoGP, Enea Bastianini: “I’ll respond to Martìn on the track”

VIDEO – “2023 was difficult in every way. This break will help me reflect on how to improve, because I saw weaknesses this year I didn’t think I had but that I’ll try to fix.”

MotoGP, Enea Bastianini: “I’ll respond to Martìn on the track”

It's the end of the season and time to sum up 2023, which certainly didn’t go according to Enea Bastianini’s plans. The accident he was involved in during the opening round in Portimão affected his entire championship, so he was forced to miss the first five events of the year due to an injury. He also missed the Grand Prix in Misano, India, and Japan in his first season with the Ducati official team. It was a painful year for the 25-year-old rider, as he told us at the end-of-the-year party organized by the Borgo Panigale constructor at the Unipol Arena.

Unfortunately, 2023 has been difficult since the first race. The one in Portimão was the injury I suffered from for the entire season. Then there was another one halfway through the championship in Barcelona, involving my foot and hand. But my shoulder was the one that made me suffer the most and from which I wasn't able to recover from.”

Finding the right condition again wasn’t easy, but you didn’t give up and, in the end, you were successful in Sepang.
I got rid of a burden. This year, everything seemed complex. Nothing was easy for me. Instead, it was different in Sepang. I was able to be fast right away. Qualifying went well. I got the front row. And, in the sprint race, I knew I could do well on Sunday. I wanted to win again at all costs. It was an unforgettable day. The only success of this year. But let’s look at the half-full glass.”

Besides the injuries, you also had to endure the judgment of those who thought you didn’t deserve your place on the official team. How complicated was that for you?
Like I said, it’s been a tough year in every way. At one point, I had to shut everything out, because I didn’t want any burdens or other pressures. I just wanted to focus on myself and try to have fun on the bike. I stopped giving importance to certain things. Ever since I did, I’ve lived better, and I’ve also done better on  the bikes.” 

What did you think of the Desmosedici GP24? It seems as if Marquez liked it …
It’s beautiful, it’s fun, and it’s already fast. And this is the aspect that pleases us riders the most. We did a round with the old bike, then we switched to the new one, and it was immediately better, so I think we’ll have some fun next year. Marc is definitely a great talent, and it was nice to see his data and understand how he rides, but all the Ducati riders are very fast.

What do you think of Martin’s statements about you over the past few days?
I think the best way to respond is on the track, so I’ll wait for the new year.”

Now that everything seems to be going well, we’ll soon be able to see the Enea we’ve always admired on the Gresini team.
Yes, I also think so. This break will help me reflect on what I can do to improve, because I’ve seen weaknesses this year that I didn’t think I had and that I’ll try to fix. We don’t have much time, so the preparation will be very short compared to other years, but I’m ready and very motivated.”


Translated by Leila Myftija

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