Second row for Bautista in San Marino

Saturday, 15 September 2012

With the sun finally breaking through the clouds at Misano this afternoon Team San Carlo Honda Gresini was able to complete its first dry session of the weekend in qualifying.

Álvaro Bautista was fast and consistent throughout, eventually sealing the fifth fastest time and a second row start for tomorrow's race. Michele Pirro was close to being the fastest CRT, giving Team San Carlo Honda Gresini plenty of optimism ahead of their home race.

Álvaro Bautista

"Today we were finally able to get a dry session in and make some changes to the bike that addressed the problems we've been having in recent races. I feel like I have more confidence with the bike now and even though it is still moving around under braking it is not as bad as before and my feeling is better. We were able to maintain a strong pace throughout the session and set the lap time without taking big risks. The second row is positive and now I am feeling confident with the bike. It will be important to start well and stay in touch with the lead group and get back to the level we were at a few races ago. I want to thank all the guys because they have done a great job and I hope I can give them a great result at their home track."

Michele Pirro

"I am happy. Unfortunately we had a problem with the clutch, but the guys did a great job to change it and get me back out on track. I am a few thousandths of a second off the second fastest CRT, and the gap to the top guy is not that big, so if we can keep this up tomorrow there is no reason why I can't at least fight to be the top CRT. That would be a great result for us."

Press release courtesy of San Carlo Honda Gresini.

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