Di Giannantonio (Ducati/6th): “We are nearing the top” / MotoGP

Di Giannantonio (Ducati/6th): “We are nearing the top” / MotoGP

Strong training, losing races and a great Grand Prix – for VR46 Racing driver Fabio Di Giannantonio, staying in Texas was an entertaining rodeo with great results.

After a very good training day, both pilots from the Pertamina Enduro VR46 teams managed to move into Q2 together. For “Diggia”, who has only been competing for manager Pablo Nieto’s team since this year, the sprint race was a bit of fun. In the first lap, the Italian had to park his 2023 Desmosedici with a technical problem.

Without racing experience, Fabio Di Giannantonio entered the 20-lap Grand Prix with a certain level of naivety: “I didn’t have a good feeling before the GP. It’s always important to learn something in the sprint at the long distance of the GP. So I myself could not transfer Any data or experience. Also, the warm-up didn’t go well. So I just wanted to let it happen and do better.”

And the Roman got this in an interesting way. However, the performance of the VR46 pilot was partially lost in forward turbulence events. Because behind the leading battle, Di Giannantonio was able to move up to sixth place. At the finish line, the 25-year-old still had visual contact with the front runners.

“Diggia” saw a calm in his exchange with the media. “Without a question, I’m more satisfied – I’m very happy with the race. The start was very good. But then I had a little problem in one turn and I lost ground again. But I was very surprised how well things went for me. My speed was very high and, above all , you went so far that I was able to catch Jack and Franky. Then I couldn’t get there, but I’m quite happy with sixth place under these conditions.”

When asked about his teammate Marco Bezzecchi, who took third place in the 2023 World Cup and who, as in the Qatar opening, finished behind Di Giannantonio in Austin, #49 replied: “To be honest, I don’t really care. about that Thoughts. We really talk about it as a team and share a lot of information. The overall situation is very good, but in the end everyone is trying to get the best result for themselves.

With a third consecutive top 10 result and best race for the VR46 team at the US GP, the teammate is showing a high level of consistency. “Today you can see that we are again close to the top. That is the best news. It is working consistently and I believe we can make more progress in the next race.

In the still young 2024 MotoGP season, Fabio Di Giannantonio is ninth in the World Championship behind Marc Márquez – two places ahead of the second-placed yellow-yellow Desmosedici of Marco “Bez” Bezzecchi.

US GP Results:
1. Maverick Viñales (L) Aprilia 41:09.503 minutes.
2. Pedro Acosta (E) GASGAS +1.728 sec.
3. Enea Bastianini (I) Ducati +2.703 sec.
4. Jorge Martín (L) Pramac Ducati +4.690 sec.
5. Francesco Bagnaia (I) Ducati +7.392 sec.
6. Fabio Di Giannantonio (I) VR46 Ducati +9.980 sec.
7. Aleix Espargaró (E) Aprilia +12.208 seconds.
8. Marco Bezzecchi (I) VR46 Ducati +13.343 sec.
9. Brad Binder (ZA) KTM +14.931 sec.
10. Raúl Fernández (E) Trackhouse Aprilia +16.656 sec.
11. Miguel Oliveira (P) Trackhouse Aprilia +18,542 sec.
12. Fabio Quartararo (F) Yamaha +22,899 sec.
13. Jack Miller (AUS) KTM +24,011 sec.
14. Augusto Fernandez (E) GASGAS +27.652 sec.
15. Alex Márquez (L) Gresini Ducati +32.855 sec.
16. Luca Marini (I) Repsol Honda +33,528 sec.
17. Marc Márquez (ESP) Gresini Ducati out
18. Alex Rins (E) Yamaha out
19. Joan Mir (E) Repsol Honda out
20. Franco Morbidelli (I) Pramac Ducati out
21. Takaaki Nakagami (J) LCR Honda out
22. Johann Zarco (F) LCR Honda out

World Championship of Drivers to Austin:
1. Martin 80
2. Bastianini 59
3. Vinales 56
4. Acosta 54
5. Bagnaia 50
6. Fastener 49
7. Espargaro 39
8. Marc Marquez 36
9. And Giannantonio 25
10. Miller 22
11. Bezzecchi 20
12. Every quarter
13. Alex Márquez 14
14. Oliveira 13
15. Raúl Fernández 7
16. Augusto Fernandez 7
17. Mir 7
18. Zarco 5
19. When 3
20. Nakagami 2
21. Morbidelli 0
22. Marini 0

1. Ducati 96
2. KTM 76
3. April 72
4. Yamaha 19
5. Honda 8
1. Ducati Lenovo 109
2. April 95
3. Pramac 80
4. KTM 71
5. YEAR 61
6. Grease 50
7. VR46 45
8. Yamaha 22
9. Trackhouse 20
10. Honda 7
11. LCR 7