The MotoGP double podium went from the now defunct Avintia team to Gresini Racing, and benefited from a machinery upgrade from Ducati – taking control of the GP21 Francesco Bagnaia, Jack Miller and Jorge Martin won seven race wins last year.
The impressive sophomore finished the fastest Sepang test ever after clocking a lap record 1m58.131s on a rainy Sunday to lead the combined times.
Explaining the differences between his 2021 bike and the 2019 bike he rode during his rookie campaign last year, Bastianini says the improvements are day and night.
Not only is the 2021 Desmosedici faster, but it’s also much more stable and less punishing when it makes a mistake.
“The ’21 bike, compared to the ’19, is very easy to ride, because last year’s bike, I always had a lot of pumping, on all tracks,” Bastianini explained after completing the test. from Sepang.
“And also I had a lot of jerking on the straights.
“Every free practice, the bike was different. This one, every time I go out it’s the same.
“It’s also more regular and faster. You can come back from any mistake and the bike is stable. That’s really nice.
Bastianini has seen from data from fellow Ducati riders that he loses in the middle of corners to others, and recognizes that he needs to modify his style to take advantage of the bike’s power out of corners.
Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing
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“When I see the data, when I see Jack, Pecco, Jorge Martin, I have to improve in the middle of the corner,” Bastianini noted.
“Because my style is always to be fast in [the corner] – I am aggressive at the entrance to the turn.
“But with this bike, the potential is in the power and I have to be faster out of corners.”
Comparing his bike with the current factory spec Ducati, Bastianini sees – for now – that the packages are similar.
He thinks that could be an advantage for him in the early races of 2022, as he just needs to configure the bike rather than develop it – but he’s sure the factory will soon overtake him with the GP22.
“At the moment it’s not really different,” added Bastianini.
“It’s very similar. The new bike has a new motor, but the 21’s motor is good.
“Can be an asset [having a fully-developed 2021 bike], but I think for some races – the first two races. Afterwards, the official team works a lot – Gigi [Dall’Igna, Ducati general manager] It’s incredible.”