Talking to La Tribuna de Talavera and various other media representatives, his main goal was clear: “We are working to continue in MotoGP and with a Honda from Team Gresini”. Logically he’d like to have a confirmed ride for next season as soon as possible, but he confessed “If I knew, I would tell you now, but at the moment nothing is fixed. We’ll see how the next days and weeks go. I hope to confirm as soon as possible where my future will be, but our goal is this.”
However, much like team boss Fausto Gresini is on the lookout for alternative riders, Álvaro has other options as well. “Of course I have other choices if I don’t stay with them, but right now my main aim is to continue with this team.”
But if this happens and under which circumstances is now depending on “the financial side, the sponsor. We’re looking for the financial support, which is the most difficult to find and it’s the only thing missing, because both sides are agreeing to continue; let’s see if this can be completed as soon as possible.”
During the weekend of the Czech Grand Prix it became public that Fausto Gresini has been offering the seat to American Ben Spies, who will leave Yamaha at the end of the season, the deal including excellent support with a factory-spec Honda. While Spies is now rumoured to possibly sign with the new Ducati “Junior Team” project instead, Briton Scott Redding became the new competitor for the Gresini Honda as main sponsor San Carlo is looking to extend their market shares to Great Britain and need a rider to promote the brand accordingly.
For Álvaro the “window-shopping” of the team doesn’t make much difference however. “It’s normal. Like in all sports, you don’t just have only one option. It’s locigal that [the bike] has been offered to various riders and of course the door won’t be shut on them, you have to listen to everyone, because you never know what can happen.”
“I have other options. Other teams have come to me and I also won’t reject them although my plan is to remain here, it’s my priority. But obviously this is how the game goes and there’s no reason for hard feelings, not at all.”
With six rounds still to go the Talaverano is seventh in the championship standings with 102 points total. Reviewing his season so far, he admitted that “we started from little to more, always improving race by race. But maybe in the middle of the season the others have improved and we couldn’t continue our progress”.
Team and rider are focused on the improvment of the bike, but still “it seems we are missing something. We have to improve the suspension a little and the chassis, because I don’t feel very comfortable riding. Maybe I’m more on the limit than the others.” Because of this “I also had a couple of crashes without really knowing why I crashed.” However, in general “the balance is positive, because of the three years in MotoGP, without a doubt, this is the best one, without any kind of injuries and I can at least ride without any problems.”
Still, he confessed he’d like to continue improving like he did from the start of the season “but these are the circumstances, I have to work and let’s see if in the coming races we can take another step forward and be closer to the podium positions.”
The next round will be one ladden with memories as it will take place at the renamed Misano circuit which now carries the name of late Marco Simoncelli and it is very close to the team’s headquarters “because they are only a few kilometres away”. Although it’s not one of his favourite circuits “I had good results there in the past. Also in MotoGP with Suzuki we were pretty competitive and I’m confident that this year we can be closer to the podium than in the last races. We have to work very well from Friday on to try and get everything ready, that the suspension works well, that I feel good with the bike and from there, as always, try to do the best possible.”
Further ahead in the championship Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa are fighting for this year’s title, only separated by 13 points, and it looks to become a great battle. “We’ll see a great spectacle from now to the end and it’s sure that the championship will go to Spain.”
Source: La Tribuna de Talavera