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Bautista relying on race-pace in Brno

Bautista relying on race-pace in Brno

Qualifying practice did not go to plan for Team San Carlo Honda Gresini at Brno today, Álvaro Bautista unable to take the necessary step in quality at the end of the session to propel himself towards the front of the grid.

The positive side is that despite being unable to put a flying lap together Bautista had good consistency to his pace and increased confidence in the front end of his machine. Once again luck was against Michele Pirro, whose engine burst into flames and forced him onto his second bike, which was set up differently. It's a shame because the prospects of a good grid position before that were good.

Álvaro Bautista

“We have definitely improved the feeling with the front end of the bike and we set a good pace in race trim at the start of the session. We made a little change to the rear but we switched back to the original configuration because I didn't like it. Unfortunately I couldn't improve on the pace I set over the opening laps and I'm not happy about that but I am confident for the race because my feeling with the bike isn't bad and if I can make a good start we can have a good race like Indianapolis.”

Michele Pirro

“That was just what I didn't need! I suddenly felt a burning sensation on my leg and tried to get off the bike as quickly as possible. It is incredible really and a big shame because I am sure I could have improved my lap time and grid position. I hope this latest setback is the last bit of bad luck we have this season.”

Press release courtesy of San Carlo Honda Gresini.

MotoGP, 2012, bwin GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Michele Pirro, Alvaro Bautista, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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