Enea Bastianini Explains His Strange Austrian Grand Prix Retirement
After a stunning performance in Qualifying, Enea Bastianini had to retire early in the race of the Austrian GP weekend. Now, he explains what caused his unfortunate DNF.
It was the sixth lap when all of a sudden it looked like Enea Bastianini had fully lost his brakes. After an astonishing qualifying performance it meant an early end to his race. But what caused the sudden problems?
Soon media was on the tail of the Italian’s problem. While the race was still in progress, mechanics and the cameras of the international stream found out that Bastianini had damaged his front wheel.
In an interview for motogp.com, the Gresini Ducati rider stated:
“I am not happy about this but we couldn’t do nothing. In Turn 9 and 10 I lost the rear a bit and the front bumped against the curb from the outside.”
“This must have broken the front wheel. The pressure went down and it was impossible for me to control the bike.”
For Bastianini this unfortunate DNF couldn’t have come at a worse time as he is still in contention for the second Ducati seat next to Francesco Bagnaia.
According to Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti the Italian manufacturer will announce their second rider for 2023 at the San Marino GP in early September.