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Gresini team visit Bangkok en route to Sepang

Gresini team visit Bangkok en route to Sepang

The San Carlo Honda Gresini team have been in Bangkok this week for the Asian Castrol Mechanic Contest.

Ahead of this weekend’s MotoGP action in Malaysia the San Carlo Honda Gresini team visited the Thai capital Bangkok en route to Kuala Lumpur for the Asian Castrol Mechanic Contest, a competition between mechanics at the Castrol Bike Point, which is in its third year.

Unlike in the previous two editions, which were only open to Thai mechanics, this time the competition had a more international flavour, with winning entries from Castrol Mechanic Contests in Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and of course Thailand. It was a truly Asian affair, involving some of the key markets for Castrol in what is a hugely important area for two-wheeled engineering.

The main round of the competition was a practical test, with four Honda scooters that all refused to start for the same reason. The first person to source the problem and fix the scooter was the Philippine entry, who lifted the trophy for the Castrol Asian Mechanic Contest, took away a cash prize of US$1000 and most importantly won the chance to spend the forthcoming weekend at the Sepang circuit alongside the mechanics inside the San Carlo Honda Gresini box during the 16th Grand Prix of the year.

With regard to this weekend’s on-track action Gresini rider Alex de Angelis stated, “In theory Malaysia will be more difficult than Australia (where he finished fourth) for us because our strength all season has been in the fast corners, which there are a lot of at Phillip Island but not so many at Sepang. There are a lot of hairpins where you need good acceleration and drive out of the corners and this has been a weak point for us. Having said that, I am in great form at the moment, the bike is working well and we are full of confidence. I'm going there seventh in the championship, with a smile on my face and really looking forward to competing again.”

The San Marino rider’s colleague Toni Elías added, “Australia was a difficult weekend for us but we knew it would be and there were no surprises. The good thing was that we stayed well in touch with seventh place in the championship and my goal over the final two races is to achieve that position. We had problems with rear traction at Phillip Island and it has been our Achilles heel all season but we are very confident it won’t be a problem in Malaysia. I love the track and the conditions will suit us much better, so hopefully the race is more like the others we have experienced in the second half of this championship, with a competitive weekend fighting for a top six finish.”

Courtesy of San Carlo Honda Gresini

Tags:
MotoGP, 2009, SHELL ADVANCE MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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