San Carlo Honda Gresini
Positive day at Estoril for Bautista
Alvaro Bautista picked up another positive result whilst Michele Pirro achieved his objective of bringing the CRT home on a positive day for Team San Carlo Honda Gresini at Estoril.
A top six finish for the Spaniard and the Italian's first points of his MotoGP career give the team a timely morale boost ahead of the next race at Le Mans in two weeks' time.
Alvaro Bautista ( 6th)
"It was a tough race. After practice I thought I had the pace to be fighting for fourth place but I didn't have a good feeling for the front and was struggling to turn the bike. It cost me a few valuable tenths that made me lose touch with Dovizioso and Crutchlow. Now we will have a close look at the data and try to understand why this happened, as we ll as working on our weak point which is braking. Sixth place isn't a bad result but we should have been much closer to the two Yamaha Tech3 bikes. We have a test tomorrow and that will be very useful to us."
Michele Pirro (14th)
"With eight laps to go I could see on the big screen that Stoner was starting to lap people so I pushed extra hard to the end because I would have been r eally disappointed to get lapped. I'm happy we made it to the end and I picked up my first points of the season. Today I just tried to stay upright and make the most of what we had underneath us and hopefully in the future we can hope for more than that. I want to thank the team for their hard work here, hopefully we can have some new stuff to work with at Le Mans."
Fausto Gresini, Team Owner
"It has been a good day and to get our best result with Alvaro so far is encouraging. We made progress over the weekend and I think the data we collected today will help us make further progress in future. Our objective is to be fighting with the Yamaha Tech3 bikes and I think we will be doing that soon. I am also happy that we were able to finish the race with Michele on the CRT bike, picking up points and avoiding being lapped. Overall it's been a good weekend that bodes well for the future."