The 2020 Moto2 world champion claimed his first victory within the premier class and the Gresini workforce’s first since 2006 when he stormed to the win in the opening round of the 2022 campaign on his year-old Ducati.
Having put in his best-ever MotoGP qualifying of second, Bastianini was anticipated to be within the hunt for the win on Sunday given he scored each of his podiums final 12 months from outdoors of the highest 10 on the grid.
However Bastianini felt his potential was merely to attain a podium within the 22-lap Qatar GP and never take the win.
“The primary one was surprising as a result of it was nice for me as we speak to go on the rostrum,” Bastianini stated.
“To do a victory was so surprising, however I noticed in [team boss] Nadia [Padovani’s] eyes the motivation of Fausto [Gresini] to advance with this workforce.
“Additionally, after I see all of the faces of my guys it’s so sensible.”
Padovani took over ownership of the Gresini team when he husband Fausto died of COVID-19 final 12 months and continued on with the squad’s return to unbiased standing in MotoGP for 2022 having run Aprilia’s manufacturing facility effort since 2015.
Bastianini says the environment within the workforce is “incredible” and the motivation of the outfit made Sunday’s win potential.
“It’s very nice as a result of Fausto had sourced excellent guys for this workforce,” he added. “And now Nadia has introduced all of the workforce [together] and the local weather is incredible.
“All the fellows are so motivated like me and it made it potential to do that as we speak.”
Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Bastianini took the lead from Honda’s Pol Espargaro on lap 19 of 22 and instantly had a spot of 1.3s to the chasing pack.
However he was pushed laborious by KTM’s Brad Binder within the closing laps and gained by simply zero.346s on the chequered flag.
Commenting on his closing tour, Bastianini stated “it was one of many longest laps of my life”.
He additionally made a late swap on the grid to the medium rear tyre having initially gone with the tender, which proved to be essential in serving to him to his maiden win.
“I’m very excited as we speak,” the Italian stated. “Now we have seen an excellent potential throughout the checks and after we arrived right here we did one other step on the set-up and likewise with the electronics.
“And yesterday for the primary time I did a extremely good lap time within the qualifying and as we speak I began from the primary row.
“Your best option for me was the medium rear as a result of this morning I attempted within the warm-up and I noticed a great potential.
“Additionally, the tender, for me, pumped rather a lot within the sluggish corners and the medium was extra secure.
“It was not straightforward, particularly the primary a part of the race as a result of Pol pushed rather a lot within the entrance.
“However the final 10 laps, it stayed your best option as a result of I pushed rather a lot and it stayed potential to push the hole.”