BASTIANINI, FOURTH AT VALENCIA, IS RUNNER-UP IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP

The Gresini Racing Team Moto3 wrapped up the 2016 season with another stunning performance in today’s Grand Prix of Valencia at the Ricardo Tormo circuit: both Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio fought for the victory until the last meters, closing an exciting final sprint in fourth and fifth position, respectively. A result that allowed Bastianini to confirm the second place in the standings, and graduate runner-up in the Championship. Di Giannantonio has instead ended his first World Championship season with an excellent sixth place overall, beaten only by Spaniard Joan Mir, second today, in the ‘Rookie of the Year’ Trophy classification.

Starting from the second row, Bastianini remained always in the top positions and only one small problem entrering second corner on the penultimate lap, with the gearbox that came in neutral, didn’t allow him to launch the final attack for the podium. The fourth position has nevertheless allowed the 18-year-old rider from Rimini to maintain the second position in the Championship with an impressive tally of 177 points.

Always remained in the leading group, also Di Giannantonio missed something in the final laps to clinch the podium: the 18-year-old rookie from Rome crossed the finish line in fifth, thus missing the ‘Rookie of the Year’ title, conquered by Joan Mir, risen to 144 points thanks to today’s second place. Fabio however closed the standings not so far behind him, with 134 points, demonstrating the tremendous growth showed during the season.