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Difficult day for San Carlo Honda Gresini squad

Difficult day for San Carlo Honda Gresini squad

After his problems yesterday and a third crash in as many sessions this morning Álvaro Bautista recovered his composure this afternoon as he tried to rebuild his confidence and pace in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.

The Spaniard qualified in eleventh place, below his normal expectations but with at least the sense that he can improve significantly on that position in tomorrow's race. Michele Pirro also crashed this morning but rode well in the afternoon to close the gap to the top CRT and suggest that he may be able to at least put up a strong challenge in tomorrow's race.

Álvaro Bautista

"Again it wasn't an easy day today because I had another strange crash no sooner had I gone out this morning. We were still having problems with the brakes and we practically lost the entire session. I came back in and this afternoon everything was working well. At that point I did as many laps as I could on used tyres to work on our race pace, which is decent, but I just didn't have the confidence still to push for a fast lap so I'll have to make do with a fourth row start. We'll try to get a good start tomorrow and try to finish off a difficult weekend in a positive way."

Michele Pirro

"It was a shame that we had another crash this morning on the final lap, which caused quite a bit of damage to our number one bike. With so little time available we preferred to use the other bike for qualifying and even though I didn't have the same feeling I was able to reduce the gap to the Aprilia. They are still too far ahead for our liking but the guys will have a close look at the data tonight and no doubt give me a good bike for the race tomorrow. Once again they have done an amazing job and skipped lunch to make sure I had two bikes available. I want to give them and the sponsors a result to be proud of tomorrow."

Press release courtesy of San Carlo Honda Gresini.

MotoGP, 2012, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, Michele Pirro, Alvaro Bautista, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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