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Pirro second of the CRTs at Assen as Bautista crashes early

Pirro second of the CRTs at Assen as Bautista crashes early

Álvaro Bautista played little part in the Dutch TT, but unfortunately his actions on track had a big impact.

The Team San Carlo Honda Gresini rider lost the front of his bike on the opening corner, lowsiding, and taking World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo out as well. The error was unintentional, and Bautista extends his apologies to the rider and his team.

Michele Pirro had a strong race and was clo se to claiming the honour of best CRT at Assen, although he just missed out on topping the order in the new MotoGP sub-category.

Álvaro Bautista

“Unfortunately, when I followed Dovizioso’s wheel I lost my braking point and hit the brakes far too late. I tried to slow the bike down, but lost grip on the front and lowsided. I am very disappointed, even more so because I took out Lorenzo in the process and that was the last thing that I wanted to happen. It was my fault that he crashed out and I apologise profusely to him for that. I hope that nothing similar ever happens again. I also apologise to my team, because they worked so hard this week, only to miss out on what could have been a great result due to this mistake.”

Michele Pirro

“It’s a good result, even if I am a little unhappy that lately we are always so close to being the best CRT. The guys are working so hard all the time and the bike improved between yesterday and today. I had the possibility to fight for the top CRT spot and we would have been even more competitive with just a few details adjusted. That’s why I’m convinced that, sooner or later, we will be successful. I thank the team from the bottom of my heart, because whilst I ride the bike, they are making the real difference. I am very happy with them.”

Press release courtesy of San Carlo Honda Gresini.

MotoGP, 2012, IVECO TT ASSEN, Michele Pirro, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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