The Team GO & FUN Honda Gresini celebrated today at Le Mans in the French Grand Prix the first podium of the 2014 season thanks to the fantastic third place finish conquered by Alvaro Bautista: started from the seventh position, the Spaniard showed an outstanding performance aboard his Honda RC213V, making several overtakes and settling in third place with ten laps to go, beaten on the finish line only by Championship leader Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi.
The race saw also a strong performance by Scott Redding, who crossed the finish line in 12th position, second placed in the Open Class behind Aleix Espargaro and first Honda RCV1000R under the checkered flag. 

ALVARO BAUTISTA (3rd) “It’s been an amazing day! We have experienced a difficult start to the season, in which we have suffered so much, but we always continued to work hard, so I would like to thank the team because they worked very well throughout the whole weekend. I knew I could get a good result in the race because during practice we were very close to the other riders, apart from Marquez who has always shown a higher potential. I started the race pretty well, but in the early laps there was a lot of traffic; in any case I keep calm and slowly I took my pace, recovering many positions. Once I reached the third position, I tried to push to try to catch Rossi, but the gap was too high. Thanks to the whole team and our sponsors, who were close to us even in difficult times”.

SCOTT REDDING (12th) “I knew I had a good feeling with the bike, during practice we were just struggling with some things which remains to solve, but in every session I was coming faster, also in Qualifying and during this morning’s Warm Up, so I was feeling quite comfortable ahead of the race. In the race I’ve been quite consistent and I was able to pull a gap from Aoyama, and even if Nicky crashed, I think that we could have been battling. I also learned a lot to control the tyres, trying not to burn it out too much in the beginning. It’s good to be back as the fastest Open Class Honda ahead of Mugello race: now I feel comfortable with the bike setting and I look forward to racing on a track I like very much”. 

FAUSTO GRESINI “Alvaro raced to a fantastic podium! We were already very close to clinch it at the beginning of the season, but then we experienced a difficult period marked by various mistakes, but it’s in these times of crisis that we must be able to give our maximum, and we did it re-starting from scratch. I talked a lot with Alvaro after the Grand Prix of Argentina and I think that it’s been useful for him to find again the right attitude. Today we got our first podium of the season, which moreover is also the first since we wear the GO&FUN colours: we are waiting for it since last year, and many time swe just missed it for very little. Now we hope to continue like this and to step on the podium often. I would like to thank all the team and all our partners, which support us and who shared with us the difficult times. Redding rode a fantastic race too: I'm happy with his result, the whole team and Scott deserve it because they worked hard, always with the right spirit. Scott is growing in every race and therefore I am convinced that in the future he can give us even more satisfaction”.

Published on : May 17 2014