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Solid results for Bautista and Redding

Solid results for Bautista and Redding

Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini leave the Netherlands with two solid results from Alvaro Bautista, in seventh, and Scott Redding, 12th - in a race marked by changing and tricky conditions.  

The rain fell when the riders were already lined up on the grid delaying the start of the Grand Prix, which finally started in wet conditions. Soon, however, the asphalt dried out, forcing riders to change to slick tyres.

Starting from 10th position, Bautista found himself at ease with rain tyres, passing some riders in the early laps before changing the bike for dry conditions; the Spaniard rejoined the track in fifth position, but then struggled to get the tyres up to the right temperature, crossing the finish line in seventh, defending himself from Bradley Smith’s last gasp attack.

Bautista stated, “In the early laps I felt comfortable in the wet and I was able to overtook some riders in front of me, but after only four laps we had to change the bike because the track at that point was already almost dry. With the other bike I did not have the same feeling. I struggled a lot to get the tyres in the right temperature. In the end the seventh place is not too bad, even if we have been very close to the top five. However, after the retirement in Barcelona we needed to end the race and take some points.”

After finishing in the points again Redding commented, “Today was my first MotoGP race in the wet, so to be honest I was a bit scared in the beginning because I didn’t know what to expect! We started from the back of the grid with rain tyres, but I was not too sure about track conditions, so in the early stages I was quite slow because I struggled to understand the tyres well in these conditions.”

“After only a few laps when the track started to dry out I came into the pits to change the bike; we choose a good time to do it and we made a good gap. In the dry I was quite fast, I passed Lorenzo and then I followed Pol Espargaro and this gave me a big motivation; when Pol crashed I had just to maintain the same lap times. After a very bad warm up this morning it feels good to be the first Open Class Honda in these tricky conditions.”

MotoGP, 2014, IVECO DAILY TT ASSEN, Scott Redding, Alvaro Bautista, GO&FUN Honda Gresini

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