It’s been a day of mixed fortunes for the Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini at the Gran Premi de Catalunya: rookie Scott Redding claimed the fourth position in the Qualifying 1 session, which means that the young Briton will start tomorrow’s race from 14th place, in front of all the other three Open Class Honda RCV1000R, but unfortunately his team-mate Alvaro Bautista was only 12th fastest following a huge high side crash during the decisive Qualifying 2 session.
Bautista was on his second flying lap of his first exit when he had a huge high side crash at turn 6: although battered, he went again out on track in the final stages, posting his best lap time, 1’42”024. The Spaniard was then taken to the medical centre for additional checks, wich fortunately excluded fractures but highlighted only a few bruises, particularly in the chest and right ankle.
Scott Redding put in a good 1’42”730 to claim the 14th position on the grid: the English rookie lowered his best lap time from free practice by over 0.7 seconds, beating rival Nicky Hayden, who rides a similar Honda RCV1000R, by 0.3 seconds. 

ALVARO BAUTISTA (12th - 1'42"024) “It's been a big crash and now I’m sore, especially in the chest and right ankle, but fortunately nothing is broken. Today the feeling with the bike was better than yesterday, although everything is not yet in place as we would like: during the third free practice session we were not far from the fastest riders, and it was a shame not to be entered directly into Q2. In any case, we faced the Q1 calmly, then in Q2 I fell while I was on my first attempt, with the tyres already used in Q1. At least I had time to get back on track with the other bike in the end, in order to forget soon what happened... As I said we are not one hundred percent but I am confident for the race, because our pace is not very far from that of the other riders. We'll have to keep an eye on the weather, and in any case we will give our best, as always”. 

SCOTT REDDING (14th - 1'42"730) “I’m really happy with my qualifying time; it’s only a shame we couldn’t get into Qualifying 2, but we knew we have a big disadvantage here with two long straights. Anyway, now we need to work for the race: we want to try and collect a few more points for the championship. Today we have been the fastest ‘Production Racer’ Honda, which is still our target, and now we want to make the same thing tomorrow in the race. Unfortunately we don’t know yet if we can use the softer tyre: it could be difficult, so maybe we have to use the hard tyre for the race distance. Hovewer, we will give everything and we will se how it goes”.

FAUSTO GRESINI “Unfortunately, after having entered into the Qualifying 2 with the fastest time in Qualifying 1, Bautista fell during the decisive session and therefore has not had the opportunity to improve further. Anyway, the most important thing is that Alvaro is good: fortunately there is nothing broken, though obviously now he’s feeling some pain. We will start the race from the back, right, but tomorrow we will try our best to get a good result, as always. Redding did a very good lap time, leaving behind him all the other Open Class Honda machines: we are confident that tomorrow we can confirm ourselves as the best ‘Production Racer’ bike on track”.


Published on : Jun 13 2014