It was not the shiniest of Saturdays for Team Gresini MotoGP, who still scores a couple of solid results with both Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio. Both forced to partake in Q1 after the three, deciding free practice sessions, they finished qualifying in eighth and 15th place, respectively.

Fabio Di Giananntonio made a small mistake in the last sector of his penultimate attempt, which also heavily affected his last try. If there is still work to be done race-pace wise, he may have secured a very different type of result today had he not thrown away his last chance. The rider #49 will line up on row five, with the goal to score some more important points.

Enea Bastianini did a very good job as he finished eighth but only 0.339 seconds away from Zarco’s pole position – something that left a bitter taste in his mouth. The Italian rider will try and battle for the top positions tomorrow from 13:00 local time (GMT +1)

8th – ENEA BASTIANINI #23 (1’58.106s)

“We struggled this morning, both pace and time attack wise. We came close to making it directly into Q2, but it did not happen. During the afternoon, we made quite the step forward in all areas and we were quick again. We are getting our confidence back aboard the bike and I’m very comfortable and happy with the soft tyre choice. I struggle a bit more with the harder option so making the right decision will be key.”

15th – FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #49 (1’58.948s)

“We haven’t been really quick during the weekend, but today we may have scored a better result and probably get into Q2. I made a mistake in the last sector, which didn’t allow me to launch myself the best way into the last attempt and that leaves a little doubt on our real potential. We need to work on the race pace: we’re improving, and we can really make a step forward in the warmup. Tyre choice, on the other hand, is still a big question mark.”

BritishQP: ENEA FROM THIRD ROW, DIGGIA 15TH    - Gresini Racing
BritishQP: ENEA FROM THIRD ROW, DIGGIA 15TH    - Gresini Racing