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Bautista And Redding Ready To Resume Battle In Catalunya
Posted by: newsla on Jun 10, 2014 - 03:25 PM
Bautista And Redding Ready To Resume Battle In Catalunya

After the Italian Grand Prix, the Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini heads this weekend to Spain to compete in a traditional and one of the most charming events on the calendar, the Grand Prix de Catalunya at the fast Montmelò circuit, situated on the outskirts of Barcelona.


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Alvaro Bautista boasts excellent results in all three classes at the Circuit de Catalunya: the Spaniard there has in fact won the 125cc race in 2006 and 250cc race in 2009; achievements to which we must add a second place in 2008, again in the quarter-liter class, and the fifth place finish of 2010, in his debut year in MotoGP.

His team-mate Scott Redding, who counts 21 points in the standings thanks to the 13th place finish at Mugello, is now just two points away from Nicky Hayden and Hiroshi Aoyama, also riding a “Production Racer” Honda RCV1000R: in Catalunya the goal of the English rookie is to close this gap from his direct rivals with another solid performance.

ALVARO BAUTISTA “In Montmelo I’ve always been strong and this is a track that I really like; in addition, racing in Spain always gives me an extra motivation. We will start the weekend making a comparison between two important suspension solutions provided by Showa, to quickly identify the best direction to take: the new front fork has worked very well at Le Mans, while at Mugello we preferred to race with the race the old solution. We must therefore determine which one is best suited to this track, which is fast and in some ways is similar to Mugello”.

SCOTT REDDING “Barcelona is not one of my favourite circuits, but with this bike could be different. We will face again another challenge: another new circuit for me to learn aboard a MotoGP, so for sure we will have to work hard in the beginning, but I think we have a good setting now, so hopefully we can try again to be the top ‘Production Racer’ Honda. The two long straights will cost us a lot of time: it’s a bit frustrating because you put in so much effort just to see other guys get past you in the straight. However, we need to stay strong and just keep doing what we do”.

FAUSTO GRESINI “Barcelona is another important race for Bautista, who had a lot of good moments in this circuit. The track is also well suited to the characteristics of the Honda machines, so hopefully we can return to a good level of competitiveness, as already shown in other occasions. Recently, our performance is characterized by ups and downs: we alternate good performances and disappointing races. But we know our potential, now we just need to find more consistency. Scott, despite being a rookie, is already close to his rivals in the standings: we are confident that also in Montmelo he can continue his growth”.

Country: Spain
Location: Montmelo
Length: 4,727 mt.
Width: 12 mt.
Longest straight: 1,047 mt.
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 8
Pole Position: Left

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