BASTIANINI BATTLES TILL THE END TAKING SECOND PLACE AT MISANO

Only a Brad Binder in great shape prevented Enea Bastianini to claim the victory in Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini at Misano: the Gresini Racing Team Moto3 rider fought till the very last lap to try to replicate the last year’s stunning victory on his home circuit, but the South African to defend well in the last corner, thus cross the finish line in front of Bastianini for 0.2 seconds.

Enea still rode a great race: after a good start, together with Binder he opened a gap over the other riders of the leading group and from lap nine onwards he followed closely from behind the South African rival. The 18-year-old rider from Rimini then passed Binder with five laps to go, taking the lead. Passed again by Binder just a few corners from the checkered flag, Enea launched his final attack on the last corner, but Binder was very good closing the inside line. With this second place Bastianini is now in second place in the overall standings with 123 points.

The other Gresini Racing Team Moto3 rider, Fabio Di Giannantonio, crossed the finish line in tenth position: the 17-year-old rookie from Rome therefore clinched another top ten finish in a still difficult race. After losing some ground in the early stages, “Diggia” had to push to catch the leading group, struggling with tyres from mid-race onwards.