Disappointing Laguna Seca round for San Carlo Honda Gresini

Sunday, 29 July 2012

After making promising progress in qualifying yesterday Team San Carlo Honda Gresini were unable to reap the fruits of their labour at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

Álvaro Bautista, who finished eighth, was struggling for confidence in the front end of his Honda RC213V, in particular after a crash this morning. Michele Pirro unfortunately tumbled out of the race on the first lap.

Álvaro Bautista

“I'm not sure why but today the bike felt really unstable on the front. Maybe we made the wrong decision by going with the soft tyre. I tried to push it at the start but I couldn't brake hard and I was really struggling in corner entry. It's strange because we had good race pace with this tyre yesterday but today it didn't work. It hasn't been a good weekend for us. Despite the positive signs yesterday it proved to be a difficult race today.”

Michele Pirro

“They say things come in threes and unfortunately that is the case for me today with my third DNF in a row – this time after contact with De Puniet in the first corner. It is unfortunate but I don't want to be negative about it and I am sure that better times are ahead for me and the guys in the team.”

Press release courtesy of San Carlo Honda Gresini.

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