Japanese GP – 250cc Race Quotes

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1st Álvaro Bautista
“It was a rather difficult race for us, because we had nearly no practice time on Friday and Saturday. I started quite badly and had some riders ahead of me on the opening corners, but soon I managed to get past and knew that I couldn’t let Simoncelli escape. When I got up to third myself, Simoncelli and Aoyama were all together, and it was then that the wind picked up. Marco had a problem and that left myself and Aoyama, and I gave it my all to pass him. I am very satisfied with this result, and I think that it is an important victory that allows us to arrive at Jerez with our heads high. We have some good data for the race from preseason, and I hope to continue this way to give a win to the home fans.”

4th Gábor Talmácsi
“I am very happy and I think that this is an incredible result. To tell the truth we had little time to prepare in either wet or dry conditions, and had near to no reference point for braking. Yesterday we made an important change in the practice session, but weren’t able to try anything else when the qualifying session was cancelled. In the morning warmup we still had our doubts with the asphalt being a little wet, but I think that we made the right choice in the chassis setup. I felt comfortable when braking, and had a lot of fun Turing the race. I saw that Aoyama and Simoncelli were riding quickly, and I tried to keep up with their pace, but I had a scare at the same place that Di Meglio did, so I just tried to concentrate on my own race. I think that this is a satisfying result, and places us in a good spot in the standings, so that will help our morale when we get to Jerez.”

Mike Di Meglio (DNF)

“I am a little disappointed with the crash, because I was feeling comfortable on the bike. After a good start I was convinced that I could have another great race, but I was unable to pass Gabor early on and when I did there was a damp patch on the track. My bike went out from under me, and there was nothing that I could do. It is strange, because right from the start I tried to concentrate and avoid making mistakes, but I suppose this shows my lack of experience. They are things that happen in racing, and now I just have to get back and try for a better result in Jerez.”

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