The first day of the Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini at the Misano circuit was affected by the rain that forced the MotoGP riders to face the first two free practice sessions in very treacherous conditions. Like many others, also the Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini riders crashed due to the slippery surface, luckily without consequences.Scott Redding finished the day in 13th place with 1’52”213, closely followed by his teammate Alvaro Bautista, who set 1’52”298.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (14th - 1'52"298)“For sure the conditions today were really bad, this morning I saw that it was so risky, so we preferred to complete not too many laps, but in the afternoon we were able to make more laps, but the track condition was still bad, my feeling was like riding on ice, very complicated. I was improving my feeling on the bike and my lap times step by step, I was improving my lap times every lap, but I crashed with two minutes to go. At the end this two sessions probably are useless, because we expect dry conditions tomorrow and Sunday for the race, so we will start from scratch tomorrow. Normally this track has not so bad grip, but perhaps the cars racing here some days ago left some rubber on the braking points, which made the surface more slippery when wet”.
SCOTT REDDING (13th - 1'52"213)“It’s been quite a good day: my feeling was not so good this morning, but then the situation improved in the afternoon, I felt pretty good and we were able to be quite fast in the beginning, then I had a small crash in the end, but the track conditions were really strange. When the rain stopped to fall, the track quickly became very slippery. I lost the front under braking, but everything is okay and all in all I’m quite happy so far. We just have a few small things to try to make more comfortable for me beacuse I have some wheelie and quite a lot of spinning, but our base now is not bad”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “Riding today was really difficult and therefore we saw many falls. Also our riders crashed, but in these conditions we need to accept it. In a few words, it’s been a kind of useless day: now we reset everything ahead of tomorrow's practice and qualifying, on track which should be dry”.