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The three-time race winner began on pole for Sunday’s 28-lap Pink Bull Ring race, however was jumped off the road by eventual victor Francesco Bagnaia and rapidly shuffled again to 3rd.
Bastianini engaged in a good tussle with Pramac’s Jorge Martin – with whom he’s vying for a spot on the manufacturing unit Ducati squad for 2023 – and was working in fourth when he ran over a kerb exiting Flip 9 into Flip 10 on the fifth lap.
This led to a dent in his entrance wheel rim, which triggered his entrance tyre to lose strain and despatched him off into the gravel at Flip four earlier than he pulled into pitlane to retire.
“I used to be aggressive at present to do an incredible race,” Bastianini stated afterwards.
“With 23 laps to go, I used to be exiting from Flip 9 to 10 and I touched the kerb just a little bit and the kerb has damaged the wheel.
“The strain went down and it completed my race. We made a extremely good weekend from FP1, all the time higher, all the time [finding] extra.
“On the finish I am not happy about my outcome, however for the subsequent race we’re [up] there once more.”
Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing
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Bastianini believes he would have been in a position to end on the rostrum regardless of working the mushy rear tyre had it not been for his damaged entrance wheel.
However he takes solace in the truth that he was aggressive in each session throughout the Pink Bull Ring weekend and believes he can persistently battle for the rostrum within the closing races of 2022.
“Effectively, I do not know if it was attainable to win – in all probability sure,” the Gresini rider added.
“In all probability I used to be good to go on the rostrum. However we will not say this for the time being.
“Now we go to Misano, my dwelling grand prix, and I am very motivated as a result of additionally this weekend we make a great job from FP1, step-by-step all the time higher.
“So, I feel we arrive aggressive for the subsequent spherical but additionally for the remainder of the championship.”