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The Qatar Grand Prix winner holds a slender two-point benefit within the championship over KTM’s Brad Binder after the Italian struggled to 11th within the rain-lashed Indonesian GP.
Bastianini’s wet-weather expertise on a MotoGP bike is pretty scant, having solely contested two rain-hit GP within the premier class previous to final Sunday’s Indonesian GP – and each of these had been flag-to-flag competitions.
Having certified fifth, Bastianini plummeted down the order on the opening laps of final Sunday’s shortened 20-lap Mandalika race and will solely recuperate to 11th.
Although he continues to steer the MotoGP standings after two races in 2022, Bastianini says this truth is just not as vital as bettering his wet-weather type going ahead.
“Yeah, nicely I’m probably not pleased about this race as a result of I favor the circumstances keep dry,” mentioned Bastianini.
“Nevertheless it’s okay, I begin actually sluggish and after I misplaced quite a lot of positions.
“However after seven, eight laps, I carry my tempo up and in the long run I used to be quick, I recovered some positions.
“On the finish I battled for eighth place, however Binder handed me in the course of the second nook and after I went out.
Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing
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“It was not possible to remain in eighth place.
“Once more, I’m the chief to the championship, however this isn’t actually vital for me. I need to do a greater race for the subsequent one if it’s raining.”
Bastianini’s haul of 30 factors after the primary two races of a season is the smallest tally for a championship chief in the identical interval since Wayne Gardner again in his title-winning season in 1987 – although the scoring system was totally different again then, with 15 the utmost on supply for a win.
It additionally marks the third season in succession the place a satellite tv for pc rider has led the standings after the primary two races of a marketing campaign, with Pramac’s Johann Zarco heading the sector after final 12 months’s opening contests in Qatar in 2021 and Fabio Quartararo doing the identical for Petronas SRT in 2020.