Good first day at Silverstone for Bautista

Friday, 15 June 2012

It was a positive opening day of the British GP for Team San Carlo Honda Gresini with Álvaro Bautista third fastest overall and Michele Pirro the second quickest CRT bike on track.

In wet conditions this morning and then again in the dry in the afternoon both Bautista and Pirro rode with conviction and determination. A crash for Bautista this morning was more a result of too much confidence rather than too little and he is already reaping the fruits of labour from work completed in the post-race test at Catalunya last week. Pirro was able to close the gap to the lead riders compared to when he rode in similarly conditions at Le Mans and he was amongst the CRT front-runners also in the dry.

Álvaro Bautista

"We have made a good start here despite crashing this morning in very tricky conditions. We had the opportunity to try the bike in the wet and that was important for us because at Le Mans in similar conditions we didn't have any confidence with the bike. I felt a lot better with it this morning and I was running third before the crash. We'd made some changes to the bike and it felt even better so may the crash was me just pushing a bit too hard. On the dry track in the afternoon we also did a good job even though track conditions weren't perfect and the wind was a real problem. Anyway, we managed to improve my confidence with the bike, especially over the bumps, which was a problem because the bike wasn't absorbing them very well. We gathered a lot of data that I'm sure will be useful tomorrow, when hopefully the weather is a little better."

Michele Pirro

"One wet session and one dry and overall we're happy with how they went. In the wet we managed to close the gap to the top guys compared to when we rode with similar conditions at Le Mans and in the dry we were amongst the best CRT guys throughout. We are happy that we are closing in on our objective and today's performance confirms the positive results from the test after the Grand Prix in Catalunya. Obviously we're hoping for better weather over the next two days with dry conditions and less wind because today it was a real pain."

Fausto Gresini, Team Owner

"Things went well for both Bautista and Pirro and I am very satisfied with the day. The tests after the Barcelona race were important and positive and here is the proof. I am happy for Álvaro, who has been able to step up his performance significantly and Michele is making great progress even though we have so much to do with the bike. Overall I am confident about the weekend. Obviously we'd prefer it not to rain but I am sure we can be competitive in the wet if it does."

Press release courtesy of San Carlo Honda Gresini.

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