Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini riders will start tomorrow’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone from the fourth row of the grid: Scott Redding got the 11th fastest time in 2’02”116, while his teammate Alvaro Bautista will line up his bike immediately behind in twelfth place, with a time of 2’03”618.With the Union Jack painted on his leathers and on his Honda RCV1000R, in front of his home crowd Scott Redding equaled his best qualifying result of the season (it was already eleventh in Indianapolis) with a very good lap, set in the early stages of the decisive Qualifying 2 session, to which he had access thanks to the fastest time he had signed previously in Qualifying 1.Alvaro Bautista took the second fastest time in Qualifying 1 with 2’02”699 and after that, again slowed down by rear grip issues, he failed to improve his performance in the following Q2.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (12th - 2'03"618) “Our problems are always the same: we struggle with lack of rear grip and when the track conditions are coming better, the other riders improves their lap times a lot, and we are not able to do so, like it happened in all the last few races. During Free Practice 4 we tried something to improve the rear grip and we found something good, but at the same time we lost some in corner entry. In Qualifying 1 I set a lap time which allowed me to get into the Q2, then we decided to put a hard front tyre, but it didn’t work well with low temperatures, therefore I was not able to improve my lap time in Q2. Speaking about the race, I can be consistent, but not as fast as I would like, so tomorrow we just need to make a good start and keep our rhythm to try to finish the race in the best possible position”.
SCOTT REDDING (11th - 2'02"116) “I had a lot of pressure going into Qualifying 2 because I had only one soft tyre, so I decided to go out on track with the other riders and this worked perfectly, because in Q2 I’ve been 0.5 seconds quicker than the lap time I set in Qualifying 1, which is a big step! It was a really good lap, even though not perfect; I also used a little bit of slipstream from the other guys, which helped me a little bit. I’m over the moon, it’s fantastic to be in Q2 and in front of my teammate here in my home Grand Prix. However, it’s going to be difficult tomorrow: doing one or two fast laps with the soft tyre is one thing, but to be consistently fast like this is hard for me. Anyway I think that we can me a little bit closer to the Factory bikes than normal, even if I didn’t expect it in this circuit, so tomorrow I will try to fight a lot in the early stages of the race, in order to try to stay with them. My home crowd is giving me a lot of motivation and I will do my best out there tomorrow”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “In the early stages of the Qualifying 2 Redding made the most of the only softer tyre available, making a truly extraordinary lap time considering the technical package at his disposal. On this track and in front of his home crowd Scott is giving the best and I'm really happy for him. I’m sorry for Bautista, who once again is struggling with rear grip issues: we still can’t give to Alvaro what he needs to ride at his maximum, unfortunately we haven’t found yet a way that can lead us to fix these problems”.