Alvaro Bautista’s first podium in the premier-class and above all the improvements he made with the front end of his bike following recent difficulties have provided the whole team with a timely boost ahead of the season run-in.
Alvaro Bautista “The team did a great job at Misano in the only dry session we had available to find a good setting for the bike and even improve it from what we had at Brno. I struggled a little bit to get into my rhythm at the start and lost a few positions, but once I felt I could push the bike I was able to recover all the way back up to third. I even tried to attack Valentino for second, but my confidence in the front end still wasn’t quite 100% so I decided not to risk a crash and to hang on for a podium. At the end I was happy with the result, but also with the way the bike was working. It was a special weekend for the whole team and thanks to them I was able to deliver a fantastic result. It was my first podium in MotoGP and we were able to celebrate it all together.
Now after the race at Misano I can go into my next home round feeling confident and highly motivated. We didn’t have such a good time in the test here after the Barcelona race, but but with the steps we have made with the bike since then I hope things are different this weekend. Aragon hasn’t been bad to me over the past couple of years, so I hope that on Sunday I can be involved in the fight for the podium again although it won’t be easy. We’ll work hard in practice to find the best possible setting to adapt to the track. Aragon isn’t one of my favourites. It has some fast corners, some hard braking and some difficult direction changes as well as a very long straight. It’s not easy to find a setting that works around the whole track.”
Fausto Gresini “Finally I enjoyed myself at the last race and we were able to secure a result that could prove important to our future. It was so exciting to see our colours on the podium again! Alvaro did a great job and judged the race perfectly, rebuilding his confidence in the front end of the bike and pushing with decision at the right time. Showa’s engineers also did a great job. We needed a day like that to give us a boost of confidence and as payback to San Carlo and all our sponsors.”
Source: Gresini Racing Press Release