Nadia Padovani, team owner of the Gresini team, speaks after Enea Bastianini’s victory at Aragon: no team order expected at Motegi.
After the victory of Aragon Enea Bastianini and the Gresini Racing team want to play it all out, chasing after world championship hope, until there is the mathematical certainty of the contrary. 48 points divide the leader Fabio Quartararo from 4th place in the standings, where there is the rider from Romagna fresh from four wins and a podium in this 2022 season. For Nadia Gresini’s team this is the first year in MotoGP, no one would ever imagined being able to chase this dream with five races to go.
Bastianini made possible what seemed like a utopia until last winter, starting with one Desmosedici GP21 that the Ducati men have progressively improved with some updates during the current season. In the last two stages of the championship he found himself competing for the victory until the last thousandth of a second with Pecco Bagnaia, future boxing mate. In Misano the Piedmontese had the best, at the MotorLand Enea took the well-deserved revenge. A challenge that could jeopardize the Ducati riders title.
Enea Bastianini and team games
In Aragon, the Borgo Panigale manufacturer won the third Constructors’ World Championship in a row. And after the fall of Fabio Quartararo who has reopened the race for the world championship throne do not want to make mistakes. They cannot afford such an internal challenge between two of its riders, but at the moment they are with their hands tied, because both Pecco and Enea are still in the running for the World Championship.
For now, no team order: “If we reach two races from the end and there is no longer a chance to win, at that point we will give a hand“, Explains Nadia Gresini to ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport. “For now they keep saying they don’t want to play team games“. It is true that at Borgo Panigale they now absolutely want to get their hands on that drivers title that has been missing since 2007 by Casey Stoner.
Paolo CiabattiDucati Corse sporting director did not hide the bitterness for the five points lost on the last lap of the Aragon GP. Even though Bastianini amply deserved the victory and made a clean overtaking. “As an entrepreneur I also try to put myself in their shoes, but in the end I too am at the head of the Gresini team and we are here to do well. Then, I repeat, let’s see one or two races to go“.