San Carlo determined to make amends at Sachsenring

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

After a bittersweet weekend in the Netherlands Team San Carlo Honda Gresini head directly to their next appointment across the border in neighbouring Germany.

Álvaro Bautista travels to the Sachsenring circuit still feeling aggrieved at the decision of Race Direction to penalise him for his mistake in the first corner of the Dutch TT by making him start from the back of the grid in this Sunday's race. However, the Spaniard is determined to put his frustration to good use and secure a positive result before heading to the team's home race at Mugello the following weekend.

Michele Pirro left Assen on a high after scoring his best result on the team's CRT bike. The Italian was as near as he has been to finishing as the top CRT rider in the race but it seems only a matter of time until he achieves it, and the goal is to take another step closer this weekend.

Álvaro Bautista

“I was really unhappy with the crash in the first turn at Assen because we had done a great job in practice and I think we had the setting to have a great race. At Sachsenring we'll be starting from the back of the grid and as I have already said I think it is an excessive penalty for a racing incident, and whilst I accept it, I do so reluctantly. Our objective has to be to continue working in the same way as up to now and try to pick up as many points as we can in the race. Sachsenring is a short and difficult circuit with no major straights. There are a lot of left-handers and that gets demanding over race distance. The atmosphere is fantastic because it is like a motorcycling festival with so many fans packing the grandstands.”

Michele Pirro

“Overall I am very satisfied with how things are going for us. We took another step forward in the race at Assen even though I was a little disappointed because at one stage I really thought I had a chance of finishing as the top CRT. It's a shame but I am sure it is only a matter of time.”

Press release courtesy of San Carlo Honda Gresini.

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