Fabio di Giannantonio in MotoGP: new number and challenges

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Gresini rider Fabio di Giannantonio will make his MotoGP debut in the 2022 season. The World Championship seventh in the 2021 Moto2 season will be piloting a Ducati Desmosedici in the new season and is Enea Bastianini’s teammate at Gresini. After many years with the number 21, Di Giannantonio had to look for a new number for 2022.

The start number 21 was already taken, because this number adorns Franco Morbidelli’s factory Yamaha. Di Giannantonio chose the number 49 because, according to the Italian’s research, it did not yet exist in MotoGP.

In the premier class, the climber not only has to get used to a new number. “The races in MotoGP are longer than in Moto2. I have to prepare myself better physically,” he remarked during the Gresini team presentation (to the report).

“But that shouldn’t be a problem,” the determined Italian is convinced. “It’s a new challenge. The expectation is to learn from day to day, from race to race and from lap to lap.”

At the MotoGP test in Jerez, Di Giannantonio was able to get an initial overview. What does the rookie still need to improve? “I have to trust the tires even more at maximum lean angles. You can ride incredible lean angles with these bikes,” he marvels.

“Apart from that, I have to improve in all areas. I’ve only driven 100 laps and I’m looking forward to seven days of testing,” he looks forward to the test in Sepang. “There I will better recognize what weaknesses I have and can then work on them.”

Fabio Di Giannantonio testing the MotoGP Ducati in Jerez

Photo: Motorsport Images

Fabio di Giannantonio has a well-known teammate in Enea Bastianini. Bastianini is about to enter his second season in which he is already taking on the role of team leader. Di Giannantonio is hoping for a good exchange of information.

“In MotoGP you have a lot of tasks. Enea and I have a good relationship. I think that we can help each other if there are questions. That shouldn’t be a problem. The team is a big family. Ducati shares all the data and information,” notes the Italian. “So it will not be a problem to exchange information and data with each other.”

Featuring footage from Gresini Racing.

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