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Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini Riders Travel To The 'Cathedral' Of Speed
Posted by: newsla on Jun 24, 2014 - 06:57 AM
Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini Riders Travel To The 'Cathedral' Of Speed

This weekend the MotoGP World Championship arrives in Assen for the traditional event on the last Saturday of June, the fascinating Dutch TT at the only venue that has hosted a Grand Prix event every year since the motorcycle World Championship Grand Prix series started back in 1949.


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After the ill-fated Grand Prix of Catalunya, which saw him involved in a violent high side during qualifying, and a withdrawal due to technical issues during the early stages of the race, Alvaro Bautista is determined to get back in the fight for the top positions: during the Barcelona post-race test in fact, the Spaniard, although still sore, has been able to try new parts, especially for the braking system, finding some good improvements.

His team-mate, Scott Redding, second last year in the Moto2 race, will aim to gather other important points on a track that on the paper is well suited to his Open Class Honda RCV1000R machine, especially with regard to the first sector.

ALVARO BAUTISTA “During Barcelona Qualifying I had a big crash, but fortunately nothing is broken, so I will be fully fit for Assen race weekend. Also at this Grand Prix we will find several fast corners, like at Mugello and Catalunya: at the moment we are struggling with this kind of corners, so we need to improve on this area. Anyway, during the post-race test in Spain we found some improvements with regard to the brakes and hopefully we will use the new parts already in Assen. Unfortunately I was still sore from the fall, so I couldn’t do a lot of work on the bike set-up, but we remain confident: if we stay focused during the practice, looking for a good compromise for the fast corners, we can achieve a good result”.

SCOTT REDDING “I like the Assen TT circuit, and I also like the Country, where there is always a good atmosphere. We only need to take a look at the weather, as it could be a little tricky there, always changing. Anyway, this is another circuit on which I’m comfortable, even though it’s quite narrow, so I will need a bit of time to get acquainted with it aboard a MotoGP bike. The first sector could suit well our bike, but surely the other two sectors will be difficult for us because of the straights. During the Barcelona post-race test we managed to find some more traction: it will be interesting to see if this could be helpful to be fast in Assen, with all those long corners where you need as most traction as possible”.

FAUSTO GRESINI “Bautista had a really big crash during the qualifying of the last Grand Prix of Catalunya: for this reason, Alvaro managed to complete only a few laps during the post-race test; however we were able to identify some improvements, especially with regard to the braking system. These new parts could be helpful in Assen, even though we struggled in Barcelona. We hope that Alvaro can get back to fight for the top positions: now we are almost halfway through the season and so far our performance has been too swinging; we would like to be more consistent. About Redding, it's a shame that he’s been penalized in Barcelona: we accept this decision, even if we find it unfair. Scott, however, is continuing to grow and his goal at Assen is to collect some more important points for his championship”.

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