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Bautista Takes Valuable Points At Traditionally Tough Mugello Redding Close
Posted by: newsla on Jun 01, 2014 - 03:33 PM
Bautista Takes Valuable Points At Traditionally Tough Mugello Redding Close To The Top Ten

In a traditionally tricky but very important race for Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini, the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, Alvaro Bautista crossed the finish line in eighth place aboard his Honda RC213V: started well from eleventh place in the grid, the Spaniard failed to stay with the group of riders in front of him, and has maintaining his position until the end, picking up 8 valuable points for the World Championship ahead of the next race, to be held in Barcelona in two weeks .


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His team-mate, Scott Redding , kept a good pace in the early laps battling with Aleix Espargarò, then he was not able to open a gap from the Hernandez and Pirro’s Ducati machines and was beaten on the finish line by Karel Abraham’s Honda RCV1000R by only 0.008 seconds, also because the broken windscreen slowed him down, causing turbulence and worse aerodynamics. Therefore, the Briton collected the 3 points of the 13th place.

“We knew it would be a difficult race: this morning during the warm up we tried to improve but didn’t find anything special. Today I raced with the old front fork, which we used before the post-race test in Jerez, because we thought it would work better with the hard compound front tyre, but actually it didn’t make much difference. The gap from the second group of riders was not very high, I struggled to try to follow them, but at some point I saw that it was not possible and I had to slow down to finish the race. Too bad, because after the podium at Le Mans we were expecting something more: we are in a strange situation, because we are competitive in some tracks and not in others, without making changes to the bike. We must overcome this problem if we want be always competitive. I would like to thank all the team because they did an excellent job, as always, and we hope to return competitive in Barcelona in two weeks time”.

“The beginning of the race was really good, I had a good rhythm and I was running with Aleix, and I also overtook him during the race, that is a good step forward for us. But then i got stuck with Hernandez and Pirro’s Ducatis, losing so much time in the straight. I tried to pass them early in the lap in order to make a gap, but it was quite hard. After 8 or 9 laps I also broke the windscreen, so I had a really bad aerodynamics, and also a lot of turbulence on the head and that made my race more difficult. In the end I’m happy with my race, I’m just disappointed to be behind the two Ducatis and Abraham because I know we could get the top ten today”.

“The race here at Mugello has always been difficult for us: unfortunately, we always get very little. We will have to better understand why in some races we are very competitive with Alvaro, while in some others we struggle a lot: we are missing something in order to be more consistent at each Grand Prix.Our problems seem to emerge especially with the hard tyres, with which the bike becomes very nervous. I feel sorry for Scott, who made a good race but was forced to lose some positions due to a damaged windscreen, which not only make him lose speed on the straights, but also bothered him because of turbulence”.

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