A stunning 12th round of the 2021 WorldSBK season for Axel Bassani has resulted in him claiming his best points haul from an individual event this year.

The Italian rookie was fifth in race one, before securing back-to-back fourth place finishes during Sunday’s double header. 

But while the results were impressive, the way in which he achieved them was even better. 

Bassani managed to battle with Toprak Razgatlioglu, Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding - the championship’s top three riders for much of the race, which included making overtakes on all three at different stages.

Bassani was unable to better any of them come the chequered flag, however, it was another demonstration of the talent the Ducati rider possesses ahead of what could be a big second year in 2022.  

"I am very happy for this weekend and I am very happy with the work we did in the team," said Bassani after race two. 

"It was an amazing weekend for me, and I had the possibility to learn a lot of things from the other riders, in particular from Scott, Jonny and Toprak. 

"They are the best riders in WorldSBK at the moment and it is incredible to stay with them.”

"At the start of the race, I tried to do the overtakes but it is very difficult but not impossible! 

"Now I know that it is possible, so I will try to replicate this result in the next races. 

"The target is the top five and if it is possible, we’ll take a podium! It’s good that Indonesia is a new track for all, it is very important for me. We will see what happens when we are there!"