The Go&Fun Gresini Moto3 team has signed its second rider for the 2014 season, with the announcement that rookie Enea Bastianini will join Niccolò Antonelli on the team's new KTM machinery.
Bastianini (centre of picture) finished fourth in this year's Red Bull Rookies Cup, claiming two wins in his debut season.
The young Italian takes the place of Isaac Vinales, who was announced at Gresini in September but was absent from the provisional entry list and has now been confirmed at Team Calvo.
“For me it's like a dream come true: I am very happy and also very excited,” said Bastianini. “I will have the opportunity to race for a fantastic Team, composed of highly trained technicians with whom I look forward to working.
“Last November in Almeria I tested for the first time the bike that I will use during the season and I immediately loved it: it's very fast and in many ways different from what I used to ride in the MotoGP Rookies Cup.
“On paper, it's the best situation to gain experience in the best way possible. My main goal for my first year in the World Championship is to enjoy myself: I am convinced that this kind of approach will lead to good results”.
Bastianini, who will turn 16 at the end of the year, rode a minibike for the first time aged only 3 and 3 months; hence his racing number, 33.
The following years saw the youngster from Rimini racing successfully in different categories, including the MiniGP 70cc Italian Championship, the Honda NSF250R Trophy (2012 champion) and the Red Bull Rookies Cup.
2013 also saw Enea take his first steps in Moto3, participating in five races of the Italian Championship.
“The decision made together with Go&Fun President Bruno Bollini satisfies me a lot: we are really happy to give to a young talented rider like Enea Bastianini the opportunity to compete in a World Championship, fulfilling his dream,” stated team principal Fausto Gresini.
“A choice that, moreover, fits perfectly within our 'Progetto Giovani' youth development program, which aims to provide important opportunities for young talents.