Team San Carlo Honda Gresini riders Alvaro Bautista and Michele Pirro came out of the Brno race reflecting on a disappointing but not entirely fruitless exercise, the Spaniard picking up valuable points in sixth place but struggling for feeling with his bike and the Italian battling to the finish despite his own problems. Front end chatter proved to be Bautista's biggest issue in very different conditions to the rest of the weekend whilst for Pirro it was an uncomfortable ride due to the burns on his leg sustained yesterday and an unsuitable set-up on his CRT machine.
Alvaro Bautista (6th) ?I am not happy because the change in conditions from yesterday to today created a lot of front-end chatter on our bike and I was close to crashing on several occasions. I also had a problem on the rear with the bike sliding around so much that it felt like I was running the hard tyre. I couldn't push it like I wanted to and it wasn't a good race for us because of this. Tomorrow we have a day of tests and I hope we can use it to resolve our problems.?
Michele Pirro (14th) ?The only good thing about the weekend is that we managed to finish the race. Other than that it has been nothing but problems. We have had some annoying setbacks in every session here and I hope we can improve the situation soon so that we can finish off the season in better shape.?
Fausto Gresini ?Not a great race for us but not bad either. We have picked up a sixth place with Alvaro Bautista but in reality the only rival behind us was Rossi. Alvaro had a lot of problems trying to control the front so the test tomorrow will be important to solve this and try to give him a bike he can ride on the limit. We need to take a step forward now and I am sure with the hard work of Alvaro and the team we can do it. After the setback yesterday this was never going to be an easy race for Michele but it was important to finish it and he managed that, even though he also struggled a lot with the bike.?
San Carlo Honda Gresini Press Release
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