Enea Bastianini is one of the names that is often mentioned in the transfer market for drivers. Until the Spanish MotoGP , there is no certainty regarding Bastianini’s future.
The Gresini Racing racer is indeed predicted to be a factory Ducati racer to replace Jack Miller. However, Bastianini has a strong rival that is no less potential, he is Jorge Martin from the Pramac Racing team.
1. Enea Bastianini doesn’t think about competing with Jorge Martin
Since the end of last season, both Enea Bastianini and Jorge Martin have publicly said that their target is to get into the factory Ducati team. It’s no wonder that there is competition between the two of them for the factory team seats.
Even so, Bastianini admitted that he did not think much about it. The Italian is more focused on efforts to achieve the best results in the championship this season.
Competition with Jorge Martin doesn’t bother me. I don’t think about it more than anything else. I’m more focused on the 2022 world championship. What I do know is that Ducati has guaranteed to give me a new version of the package next year, and that calms me down. We’ll see what happens later, Bastianini was quoted as saying by GPOne.
2. Bastianini has not yet decided on a contract extension
Regarding his future, Bastianini has not decided on a contract extension with the manufacturer from Borgo Panigale. Despite appearing with the Gresini Racing team, Bastianini raced in MotoGP under a Ducati contract.
I haven’t decided, we are still far away (from a deal). We still have to discuss, of course we fit this bike. It would be sad to have to leave (from Ducati). However, even if I survive, the conditions must be right for me, Bastianini said, as quoted by GPOne.
3. From the start of the season, Bastianini performed better than Jorge Martin
As mentioned above, it is common knowledge that Enea Bastianini and Jorge Martin are fighting for a seat on the factory Ducati team. Jorge Martin is a name that is championed to appear strong since the start of the season.
However, it turns out that Martin’s situation is no better than Bastianini. In the first five races of the season, The Martinator appeared inconsistent with only taking one podium, finishing 8th once, and falling three times.
On the other hand, Enea Bastianini impressed during the start of the 2022 season. In the last five races, the racer nicknamed The Beast has won two wins. Ahead of the Spanish MotoGP, Bastianini is the only rider this season who can win more than once.
4. Jorge Martin and Enea Bastianini use different versions of the bike
If Jorge Martin uses the Ducati Desmosedici GP22, Enea Bastianini still drives the Desmosedici GP21. Although the old version, Bastianini’s GP21 proved superior at the start of the season. Unlike the GP22 which is still in the process of finding the best settings.
It’s clear that if we use the GP21 bike it will be superior. If you look at my performance at the end of last season and the beginning of this season, I’m like a very different racer, said Martin, quoted by Corsedimoto.
5. Martin surprised Bastianini to win twice at the start of the season
Enea Bastianini does have extraordinary racing abilities. Last year he was able to win two podiums despite using a motorbike that was two years older.
This season, Bastianini again looks impressive. However, Jorge Martin still did not expect that Bastianini could immediately win two wins in just five races.
Bastianini has a good motorbike package and can maximize it well. Of course he surprised me because I didn’t expect him to win two races, said Martin, quoted by Corsedimoto.
Driver’s contract will expire at the end of the year. Usually the announcement of the contract for the next season will start appearing after June this season. Between Bastianini and Martin, who will sit in the seat of the factory Ducati team?