The thirteenth round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship is a special event for the whole Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini: the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, located a few kilometers from the racing department of the team, is set to host this weekend the San Marino and Rimini Riviera Grand Prix.Alvaro Bautista won at Misano in 2008 in the 250cc class, while in 2012 he got his first podium finish in MotoGP, claiming the third place. The Spaniard, despite the Silverstone crash, is still optimistic following the set-up changes made to his Factory Honda Rc213V during the British Grand Prix warm up, which allowed him to keep a good pace during the race.His teammate, Scott Redding, arrives in Italy with 51 points in the standings, leader among the riders aboard the Honda RCV1000R and second overall in the Open Class classification, behind Aleix Espargaro. The British rookie will look to extend his streak of point scoring finishes on a track on which he got a fifth place as his best result in Moto2, back in 2011.
ALVARO BAUTISTA “At Silverstone our weekend ended with a fall, however we try to collect the positive things also from a negative race: during the Sunday morning warm up we found a solution that allowed me to improve my feeling with the bike and as a result my race pace was not so bad. Therefore we arrive at Misano knowing that we are on the right path: we will continue to try this set-up solution hoping to make further progress. Misano is a special place, not only because it hosts the Team’s home Grand Prix, but also because I have always had good results there in the last few years: if we will have more luck, we will try to exploit it! The important thing, as always, is to keep working hard without becoming demoralized”.
SCOTT REDDING “At Silverstone we were expecting an uphill race weekend because of the long straights, but actually our gap from some of the Factory bikes proved to be not so high; at the contrary, on a quite small track like Misano we need to see if we can be competitive: paradoxically, we might face more difficulties compared to what we saw in England. In any case, we will keep the same approach we had at Silverstone, which means to try to catch some of the Factory bikes, to see if we can fight with them”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “The Misano race weekend is obviously special for all of us, as many members of the team are from this area. The track is very nice and has always given us great satisfaction, starting from my first World Championship as a rider, which I won in Misano in 1985! With Alvaro we’re through a tough time, but we hope that the home atmosphere can help us to reverse the trend; with regard to Scott, in the last few races we always got the maximum possible and we are satisfied, although obviously the technical package at his disposal does not allow him to fight for the results he deserves”.