The Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini, held today at the Misano circuit, ended with the eighth place for Alvaro Bautista and the thirteenth for Scott Redding: both Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini riders faced a complicated race, but they were able to power through the problems, picking up important points for the championship standings.Starting from the fourth row, Bautista was able to recover several positions, overtaking in the final stages Aleix Espargaro; however, a problem with the visor of his helmet prevented him to keep the eighth position, then regained after the crash of the countryman on the last lap.His teammate, Redding, failed this time to be the top Open Class Honda - a result that he had claimed in the last five races - due to a problem with the rear brake that slowed him down since the third lap of the race.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (8th) “Today we were not able to solve the problems we had during the weekend and it was very difficult to stop the bike into the corners; in addition, I lacked contact feeling with the tyres. I got the best we could under these conditions, fighting with some drivers, then with 10 laps to go I also had a problem with the visor of the helmet, which prevented me from seeing well and keeping my pace. For this reason, I couldn’t stay with Espargaro; Aleix then crashed on the last lap so I gained a position, closing eighth. I was not having a good feeling, but at least we finished the race and we collected some points. We must of course continue to work to better understand the reason for all these problems and try to find a solution, because at the moment the gap from the other riders remains high even if we push hard”.
SCOTT REDDING (13th) “Disaster is the word for this weekend! Sometimes you have weekends like this and the race just proved to me that this was one of those weekends… My start was not great, but I was not worried about it, because this time I knew that it was not possible to go with some of the Factory guys, I just wanted to be the top Open Class Honda and I was in a pretty good position for that. I was feeling good, but on the third lap I had a problem with the rear brake and I went off the track. After that it was difficult to ride, especially on the fast corners where we use the rear brake to keep the rear down to the floor. I thought to enter the pit, but then I decided not to give up: I past Laverty, Camier and De Angelis, keeping a quite good rhytm, even though I was always on the limit. I’m just happy to finish the weekend in one piece, now we need to focus on the next races to come back a bit, because we had three crashes, but today we managed to get a good feeling with the bike despite the problem”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “It was a race and, in general, a difficult weekend for both our riders: Bautista struggled with the same problems that have been annoying him for some races. Today his bike was very unstable and difficult to drive and it was clear. Alvaro always gives his best, but in these conditions it’s very difficult to ride and I’m aware of it, so I'm sorry for this. We have tried many different solutions, but at the moment with no results. Scott also faced a complicated day, after the two crashes yesterday he struggled more than expected, though all in all the points of the thirteenth place are important for his championship”.