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Gresini look to put Argentina results behind them

Another crash for Alvaro Bautista and a lack of front end confidence for Scott Redding hindered GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s progress in Argentina.

Bautista was involved in a crash on the first lap, having started from tenth on the grid, going down at Turn 5 after contact with the rear wheel of Aleix Espargaro’s bike.

Bautista therefore leaves Argentina with zero points in the standings, as a result of three retirements in as many races. The hope of the team is to put things right in Jerez this weekend.

His teammate Redding aspired to finish as the top rider aboard the Open Class Honda RCV1000R after showing good potential during practice, but was ultimately unable to do better than 14th, slowed by a lack of front end feeling under braking.

Redding commented, “It was a difficult race, because I couldn’t stop the bike as I was struggling a lot with front grip under braking. I already had this problem during the warm up, but the situation in the race was worst: I went wide a lot of times and I couldn’t really overtake anyone. This problem basically spoiled my whole race: Also, I was not feeling really great physically: yesterday I started to feel something like a cold, with a lot of sneezing, and today my energy level came down. It’s annoying, because we thought we had a good chance today.”

Team boss Fausto Gresini added, “The disappointment for Alvaro’s crash is really high: here we haven't finished a lap and after the first two unfortunate races, leaving Argentina with still zero points in the standings is a shame. It’s clearly not an easy situation, but fortunately the next race is scheduled this weekend in Jerez, and I sincerely hope that in Europe we can reverse this negative trend.”

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MotoGP, 2014, Scott Redding, GO&FUN Honda Gresini

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