French GP – 125cc & 250cc Quotes

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4th Álvaro Bautista:
“That was a really difficult race because the track was so slippery. I tried to gradually get a feel for the track because the bike was moving around a lot and wouldn’t hold the line. At the start I was trying to weigh up the race but the guys at the front pushed really hard and escaped. I gradually got into my rhythm and got faster and more comfortable. There were a lot of guys falling off in front of me so I decided the best option was to take it steady, finish the race and get some solid points on the board. Fourth place isn’t the result I was hoping for but under the circumstances scoring points was the most important thing here at Le Mans. If we keep going like this then I’m sure we can maintain our consistently good form over the next races.”

Mike Di Meglio (DNF):
“The crash was a shame because I wanted to score a good result here. At the start I had no feeling on the rear of my Aprilia and I was just hoping it would improve as the tyre got warmer. As the laps went by I wasn’t feeling any more comfortable and the bike was still sliding around a lot. We knew the race would be tough in these conditions, especially taking into account how much our work has been affected by the weather during the weekend. I’m sorry I wasn’t at least able to finish the race and score points. Now we just have to learn from this mistake and keep our heads up for the next race.”

Ángel Rodríguez (DNF):
“To tell the truth I made a good start but had no pace. I knew it from the moment that I tried to push up at the front. I had a lot of motivation to have a good race, but maybe I paid the price for being too impetuous today. I wanted to get away when I saw myself at the front, but it didn’t work out for me. I want to thank the team for their work during the entire weekend, making the adaptation as easy as possible for me. I want to thjnak Jorge as well, for giving me this opportunity. I think that we have done something good this weekend, and I know that with more time and dedication I could have finished in a good position. With work everything is possible.” 


1st Julián Simón:
“It was a difficult decision to run the tyres for the race, because it was raining all weekend but drying out quickly. We had our doubts over whether to keep the wet tyre for the entire race or not. The questions were answered for me when Terol took off at the start. I think he would have had a good race if he hadn’t have crashed, but his crash helped me to clear my mind and up my pace -although it was hard not to lose focus. I am very happy with the result, and the team have been awesome as always. I dedicate the win to them and to my family. It is the first full race that I have won, and really I would have liked it to have been in normal conditions. This is a good way to end the weekend.”

3rd Sergio Gadea:
“I saw that a loto f riders fell very easily, so from the start I concentrated on building my confidence and waiting to make my push. It was the intelligent option. As the laps went on I saw that I could be up there with Smith, but it was patience that saw me get past him. This podium is for my father and the team, who did a magnificent job. I am very happy to have taken two consecutive podiums, and I hope to continue with this form.”

4th Bradley Smith:
“It was an incredible race, and although I would have liked to take the podium after the win at Jerez, the conditions made things hard. The left side of the rear tyre was giving me problems, and I had trouble with the left handers. The back was sliding out a lot. With this in mind, the race seemed to last forever and I think that fourth is a good result. These thirteen points help us to arrive at Mugello confident and happy, looking for another great result.”

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