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After a difficult first day at Laguna Seca yesterday, both Álvaro Bautista and Michele Pirro made important steps forward in final free practice and qualifying today.
Bautista improved his confidence with the bike around this track and made up positions to qualify seventh on the grid, a position he hopes to improve on with further improvements to his set-up ahead of tomorrow afternoon's race. Pirro also made up positions on his free practice classification from yesterday, but he is hoping to find a better set-up during the warm-up and improve his prospects for the race from sixteenth on the grid.
"Today went quite a lot better than yesterday – the only disappointment is that we hardly got any laps in this morning because of the fog and that probably cost us the opportunity to take another step forward. Anyway we managed to try a couple of different settings out and in the end we found something positive which improved my confidence on the bike. My pace also improved so that's good. Obviously we are still not at 100% but we have taken an important step. A third row start isn't bad and if we can get away well off the line we can hope to stay with the second group because the front three are on a different level. My objective is to rediscover the feeling I had before Mugello and have a good race."
"The lap times have improved quite a lot from yesterday but we need to take another step if we are going to be competitive in the race. The guys will work hard as always to put me in a position to score a good result and I will do my part. De Puniet and Espargaró have a big gap over the rest of the CRTs here but it will be a long race and anything is possible."
Press release courtesy of San Carlo Honda Gresini.
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