Bautista ready for San Carlo’s home race at Mugello

Thursday, 12 July 2012

The third Grand Prix in as many weekends gets underway this Friday as the MotoGP™ World Championship paddock moves straight from Sachsenring to Mugello.

After starting from the back of the grid in Germany, Álvaro Bautista is looking forward to things getting back to normal in Italy at the home Grand Prix for Team San Carlo Honda Gresini. Bautista's goal is to continue making the progress he has shown in recent weeks, which culminated with a charge through the pack to fight for fifth last Sunday, and capitalise on the confidence he has found with the Honda RC213V.

Michele Pirro also has a score to settle after failing to finish the German race due to a technical problem, despite having shown a high level of performance throughout practice. The Team San Carlo Honda Gresini CRT rider will now be looking to get the most out of his FTR machine powered by Honda in his own home race at Mugello, an important round for the team and sponsors.

Álvaro Bautista

“Sachsenring was a strange and unique race for me. Starting from the back of the grid is not easy but after a tough start to the race I found my pace, made up ground and ended up fighting to finish fifth. This experience will serve us well for Mugello even though the characteristics of the circuit are very different to Sachsenring. It will be very important to find a good setting if we want to be competitive otherwise you really struggle at this track. I really want to have a good race because this is a very important event for the team. I am sure that the progress we have made over the last few races will see us back in the lead group in Italy.”

Michele Pirro

“I am still upset about the technical problem that forced me to retire from t he race in Germany but I am also confident that the guys will be able to study the data and make sure we don't suffer this issue again. It was a real shame because I am sure that without it I could have been fighting to be the top CRT at Sachsenring. We will make up for it at Mugello, a circuit where we are obliged to do well in front of our home crowd and sponsors. I am excited about it and can't wait to get on track and see how competitive our bike is there. The bike is still new and every track is a discovery but on paper Sachsenring was not going to suit us and we showed we could be competitive there so that gives us a lot of confidence. I really want to have a great race because a lot of people are coming from my hometown of San Giovanni Rotondo to support me at Mugello.”

Press release courtesy of San Carlo Honda Gresini.

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