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Bautista And Redding Shine In Difficult Conditions At Sachsenring
Posted by: newsla on Jul 13, 2014 - 05:45 PM
Bautista And Redding Shine In Difficult Conditions At Sachsenring

After the Assen TT, also the German Grand Prix held today at the Sachsenring circuit has been influenced by the changing track conditions and by the 'flag-to-flag' regulation: with the track already drying out before the start of the race, 14 of the 23 riders on the grid entered the pit lane already at the end of the warm-up lap to move from their bike to the one set for dry conditions.


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Also the Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini riders started the race from the pits: an unusual start at the end of which Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding found themselves in 22nd and 18th place, respectively. The Spaniard and the English, however, showed a nice comeback, with Bautista claiming the ninth position overtaking Cal Crutchlow’s Ducati on the last lap and Scott Redding eleventh under the checkered flag after being overtaken by Pol Espargaro and his teammate in the final stages.

Thanks to the result obtained in Germany, Bautista is now tenth in the overall standings with 50 points, while Scott Redding strengthened his leadership to 4 points on Nicky Hayden, his rival in the special fight between the riders aboard the Open Class Honda RCV1000R.

“The start from the pit lane affected our whole race: we went to the grid with the bike for wet conditions and during the warm-up lap I preferred to stay behind the other riders to see what they decided to do, because in some places the track was still very wet. When I saw almost all the riders enter the pits to change the bike I did the same, but then when we lined up at the exit of the pit lane there was no space to stay ahead and are therefore I had a poor start. However, I started to overtake some riders, although it’s not easy on this track, and then I managed to keep a good pace. Let's say that I enjoyed to overtake many riders, even if I’d preferred to do it for a better position… Too bad for the start, which as mentioned before penalized us a lot. I also think that many riders starting the race from the pit lane was a potentially dangerous situation, although luckily in the end nothing happened. Now we have a couple of weeks to rest, and then we will resume fighting: we hope to be more consistent in the second half of the season”.

“Today was good for me. I didn’t think I was going to catch the other Honda riders who started the race with slick tyres, I just thought that I had to beat Nicky, who started from the pit lane like me. When we left the pit lane I started to push and I was quite fast, also compared to the Factory bikes; I took a lot of risks in the wet parts of the track, because I had to, you know… I was feeling quite comfortable and I was reasonably strong also when the soft tyre started to drop. Even when Pol Espargaro passed me I stayed with him for 2 or 3 laps, and also with Alvaro. I’m happy because I gave everything today”.

“Today’s race was difficult for everyone, and also the situation was complicated by the start from the pit line, because the space for so many bikes was not enough. Bautista struggled a bit at the beginning of the race, but then he kept a good pace; we are only a bit disappointed about the final position, because without that poor start we could hope for a better result. Alvaro faced an uphill Grand Prix, however he raced with the right attitude. Redding rode a fantastic race, always in attack, setting very good lap times and confirming once again himself as the best ‘Production Racer’ rider on track; I am very happy and I would like to congratulate him”.

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