Gresini: "I would like to continue with Álvaro"

gresini speaks on 2013
Monday, 27 August 2012

Fausto Gresini, team owner of the San Carlo Honda Gresini team has confirmed he has had talks with Scott Redding and Ben Spies, but says he hopes to continue with the 2012 set-up for another season.

Gresini is currently the centre of attention of the "rider-market.” After Andrea Dovizioso signed with Ducati, Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith for Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Álvaro Bautista’s ride is now the precious seat up for grabs.

Speaking to motogp.com, Gresini commented: "At this time we have not yet defined our plans for next year... I can say that I am very happy with Álvaro and I am not hiding the fact that I would like to continue with him: he is a rider that I respect a lot, who I think has great potential."

He continued: "I do not like to give a rider just one year, because it would be limiting. It is clear that in the market it is difficult to know what will happen, but the goal is to carry out the project that started this season, which I care a lot about. On the other hand, it is important to always have an alternative and you cannot just work with one rider, but that's part of the game, the riders do it, and so do the team."

And the Italian has no problem naming names: "We talked with Spies and Redding, but we also spoke with Álvaro and I think this is the important thing. Nothing is decided. We have a Honda motorcycle, an important motorcycle, but it is difficult to work on the 2013 project now, but soon we will have to."

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