Enea Bastianini ready for the triptych in the MotoGP championship after the podium in Misano. News coming for the rider from Rimini.
After the adrenalinic podium in Misano, obtained at the end of a final time with Pecco Bagnaia, Enea Bastianini is ready to face the triptych formed by the GPs of Aragon (Spain), Motegi (Japan) and Buriram (Thailand). The MotorLand is one of those tracks that could appeal to the Gresini rider who has already collected five podiums here in the minor classes and with the Desmosedici GP he will have a winning weapon in his hands to aim for the podium.
In his year as a MotoGP rookie he took 6th place in 2021, this time the horizons are much more ambitious. Now cut out of the race for the world title, after the heavy “zero” collected at the Red Bull Ring, Enea Bastianini however, he wants to take away other satisfactions before leaving Nadia Gresini’s team. “It will be a difficult triptych, but we are energized and have a good time. I have a good feeling with the Aragon circuit, as far as Japan and Thailand are concerned it will be a discovery with Ducati. But right now I think we can be fast in all conditions“.
Enea Bastianini chooses the new crew chief
On the eve of the Misano race, the news spread that his crew chief Alberto Giribuola has signed a new contract with KTM. After several years with the Ducati colors, the technician will move to the Austrian orange house where he will play a leading role within the team. A serious loss for the ‘Beast’ who had established an exceptional feeling with ‘Pajama’. Furthermore, Giribuola was already familiar with the Ducati factory environment, having shared many years alongside Andrea Dovizioso.
There is still no official announcement, but the sporting director Paolo Ciabatti confirmed the departure of the crew chief. Bastianini, his manager Carlo Pernat and the top management of Borgo Panigale are looking for a replacement, perhaps already found in the figure of Marco Rigamonti, currently chief engineer of Johann Zarco in the Pramac Racing team, a choice that would please the 2020 Moto2 champion, who from next year he will join Pecco Bagnaia in the team factory.
Other changes in sight for Enea also in terms of marketing. Tied to Red Bull by a long-term contract since the season MotoGP 2023 could say goodbye to the historic energy drink brand. Ducati will have Monster as co-sponsor and therefore the 24-year-old from Rimini will have to renounce the partnership with the Austrian brand.