San Marino GP: Gresini Racing Friday practice report

DE ANGELIS CONTINUES GOOD FORM AT HOME GRAND PRIX Alex de Angelis followed up his debut MotoGP podium at Indianapolis last Sunday with another impressive performance in today's first free practice for the San Marino Grand Prix. The San Carlo...

DE ANGELIS CONTINUES GOOD FORM AT HOME GRAND PRIX

Alex de Angelis followed up his debut MotoGP podium at Indianapolis last Sunday with another impressive performance in today's first free practice for the San Marino Grand Prix. The San Carlo Honda Gresini rider made the perfect start to his home event with the fourth fastest time of the opening session, 0.792 seconds off today's benchmark set by Valentino Rossi, clocked on his final lap following a crash after just ten minutes.

Not for the first time this season Toni Elias struggled to get comfortable on the opening day but there is plenty to suggest the Spaniard will improve tomorrow, as he did at Indianapolis when he was fourteenth on day one but qualified seventh. Elias was unhappy with the base set-up of his Honda RC212V today and could only manage the twelfth fastest time.

Alex De Angelis (4th; 1'36.096): "I'm really happy that we have started out so strongly again. We seem to have found a good base setting with the bike that is allowing us to go fast from the first day at pretty much any circuit and that is the fruit of a lot of hard work, which I have my crew to thank for. I felt comfortable from the first lap but we are struggling a little bit for grip at full lean, as you could see from the crash! The guys did a great job fixing up my number one bike whilst I did some laps on the second one and I was able to go back out on it at the end to improve my lap time even more. The good thing is we are on the pace but we still haven't found the limit yet and there is room for more improvement tomorrow."

Toni Elias (12th 1'37.057): "I'm not happy because once again we've started out on a Friday with a base setting that I am not comfortable with. Basically this is quite an unusual circuit and it requires a specific kind of set-up, but we got it wrong today. However, this is not an unusual situation for us after the first practice session and I have full confidence in myself and the team that we can find a way forward. We'll work hard tomorrow and I'm sure with some drastic changes to the setting we can improve from the start of the first session onwards. "

Fausto Gresini - Team Manager: "Alex has started out strongly again and it is great to see. Once more he is showing everybody his talent and proving that he has the ability to stick the pace with the very best riders in the world. It was a shame about the track but the important thing was that he didn't lose confidence, came back strongly and the team did a fantastic job with the bike. Toni has struggled a little bit today but I'm sure he can improve and we can look forward to another good weekend for both our riders."

-credit: gresini racing

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Toni Elias , Alex de Angelis