Weekend to forget ends with 10th place for Bautista: “Thank goodness this weekend is over”

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A tough weekend in Italy finished much as it had started for Alvaro Bautista today, with a disappointing race performance coming on the back of a crash in each free practice session and a bad qualifying session. The Spaniard and his crew were unable to find a way to make his bike work on the hard tyre that Bridgestone made available for the race. There was bitter disappointment also for Michele Pirro, whose race was ended by the same technical problem that forced his retirement in Germany a week ago.

Alvaro Bautista (10th) “Thank goodness this weekend is over, because from the first moment I have struggled to get confident with the bike here. It is strange because at all the other circuits we’ve been to so far we have been close to the guys at the front but here we have been unable to get on the pace. It has got to be down to the fact that we usually use the soft tyre and here we were forced to use the hard tyre for the race. We had to work around this and it made everything difficult for us, as did the three crashes and the brake problem. In the race I didn’t have feel or grip on the rear – we made it to the end but I’m not happy. I just hope that in the next race we are not forced to make this choice and are able to work with the soft tyre because it suits our set-up and my riding style. I want to to thank the team because they have worked so hard all weekend and I am disappointed for them and the sponsors here at their home Grand Prix. ”

Fausto Gresini “The only good thing about today is that the weekend is over. It has been a tough one ever since the first day and unfortunately we have been chased by bad luck over the last few rounds. The bike was moving around a lot on Alvaro today and that is clearly down to the fact that we were forced to take the hard tyre. I am also very disappointed for Michele, who was forced out with the same chain problem as Germany and Qatar. Luckily we have a day of testing here tomorrow and that will be an opportunity for us to put the problem right.”

Source: Gresini Racing Press Release

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