Enea Bastianini On How He Is Able To Keep His Rear Tire Alive For An Entire MotoGP Race
Enea Bastianini’s biggest advantage over his MotoGP rivals in the 2022 season is his incredibly strong race-ending performance. But what is the Italian’s secret?
Thanks to his exceptional ability to preserve his rear tire over the entire race distance, new Ducati rider Enea Bastianini was able to take a full four race wins in 2022.
Enea Bastianini on the 2023 Ducati prototype during testing in Valencia – Image provided by Motorsport Images
Already in the first race of the season in Qatar, the young Italian showed his potential in MotoGP. The new hope of the Ducatisti explains it to “Motorsportmagazine”:
“That is one of my strengths. I can manage the rear tire in the best possible way throughout a race.”
But despite his strength in the race, the Italian also has problems with his unusual riding style. “In my opinion, letting the rear tire spin a lot is not right. But you are forced to do it if you want to achieve a fast lap time.”
Bastianini started from pole only once this year. In total, the number 23 Ducati has only been on the front row of the grid five times. A good starting position, however, was not essential for Bastianini to show his potential.
Nevertheless, the Italian still sees room for improvement. Especially the rather weak qualifying performance is a thorn in Bastianini’s side.
“I’ve been trying for a while to understand how I can ride with more slip in qualifying to improve in this area.”
Bastianini sees part of the blame in his particular riding style. “I ride with more lean angle than the other Ducati riders. But if you let the rear wheel spin, then you can’t do as much lean angle.”