Team San Carlo Honda Gresini
Disappointment for Bautista at Le Mans
The French Grand Prix left a bitter taste in the mouths of Team San Carlo Honda Gresini.
Both Alvaro Bautista and Michele Pirro were unable to feel as comfortable on their bikes in the wet conditions as they had in the dry over previous days. They will analyse data from the race alongside the team engineers in order to improve upon this for the next round: The Catalan GP.
Alvaro Bautista ( 10th )
"I didn’t feel in tune with the bike and I couldn’t keep up with the group of riders ahead of me. The only option was to try and finish the race as best I could, and that is what I managed to do. I’m rather disappointed with how things went today."
Michele Pirro (14th)
"Unfortunately, this is the first time that I have been lapped in my life, and that left me feeling very bitter. The electronics didn’t help me at all, and without electronics things become very difficult in the wet. I just tried to take home the best result that I could, and I remain very disappointed."
"Today was a really tough day. Alvaro didn’t have any feeling with the bike in the wet and experienced the same problems as at Jerez. He had a hard time of things and attempted damage limitation by finishing the race. It is a shame, because we were doing well in the dry and had taken a big step forward in the wet, but it didn’t turn out as we expected. We will analyse the data to see what happened. Michele also had problems –above all with the electronics- that didn’t allow him to have the confidence to push harder. We are unfortunately limited by the fact that this is a new project and we are lacking a little time. Obviously the weather did not help us one bit, so we were just looking to finish the race and take any points that we could manage."