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At the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana this weekend Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini will compete for the last time with Honda machinery in MotoGP™, whilst rider Scott Redding will represent the team for the final time.
The Gresini team are set to make the switch to Aprilia bikes for 2015, with current rider Alvaro Bautista on board, whilst his colleague Redding will move on to a new challenge next season riding a factory specification Honda RC213V for Marc VDS Racing Team as they move up to the premier class.
Fresh from an unlucky race at Sepang, where he was forced to retire after being hit by another rider after just two laps, Bautista will try to finish a difficult season with a good result in front of his home crowd. In the last two years, the Spaniard has finished in the top five in the season finale at Valencia - fourth in 2012 and fifth in 2013.
Bautista commented, “We head to Valencia after a long and really difficult season. Of course we will try to end the year in the best possible way, even if there is not much to say, given the recent results. It seems that this is not our season, definitely! We struggled with a lot of problems and we also suffered bad luck in the last race at Sepang, with a crash on the second lap in which we were involved with no faults. Simply, we have to wait and see what will be the situation after the first free practice, then we will give our best, as always”.
His teammate Redding, meanwhile, will try to defend the top position in the standings among the riders aboard the Open Class Honda RCV1000R.
The English rookie, who has 75 points in total - thanks to 15 point scoring finishes from 17 races - counts on an eight point advantage over Hiroshi Aoyama, his closest Open Honda rival in the championship.
Redding stated, “We expect another tough battle. We will try to confirm ourselves once again as that the best Open Class Honda, which would mean also keeping the first position in the championship among the riders aboard the RCV1000R machine. This is our goal and it would be nice to end the season achieving it.”