by Matt Shine |
After a positive weekend last time out in Barcelona Team San Carlo Honda Gresini riders Alvaro Bautista and Michele Pirro are looking forward to another successful outing at Silverstone this weekend. After an encouraging test at the Circuit de Catalunya on the day after the race the Spaniard is hoping to take another step closer to the podium positions, especially having found better front feel with his Honda RC213V – something he had been lacking in previous weeks. Having finished just seven tenths of a second behind the top CRT in Spain, meanwhile, Pirro also made good progress in the test and he is looking forward to another strong showing in Northamptonshire.
Catalunya was a good race for us but it was a difficult one because of where we started from on the grid
"Catalunya was a good race for us but it was a difficult one because of where we started from on the grid. I managed to pass some of the guys in front of us and set the same pace as the podium finishers but we lost too much ground at the start and you can't afford to do that in this championship. It was a positive Grand Prix though because we proved that if we can qualify and start better then we have the pace to run at the front. Now we take that confidence to Silverstone, especially after such a good test. My feeling with the bike has improved a lot and I am able to tackle the corners with much more conviction. This is a nice, long, fast and wide track and I really like it. Obviously everything will depend on the weather, which tends to be cold and wet in England. Anyway, I'm hoping to have a good race on a very different bike to the one I rode here last year. I am sure I can have fun on the Honda RC213V here and enjoy another positive weekend."
"We took a big step forward in the race in Catalunya and finished just behind the top CRT. We enjoyed a positive test after that and now we go to Silverstone feeling confident we can do well. I like the track and I hope the weather allows us to benefit from our hard work recently. We are working hard every available moment to make up ground and carry out the development we need. I scored my first podium in Moto2 at Silverstone last year and I hope that can be a good sign for us."
"The Grand Prix of Catalunya was a pleasing one for us, with Alvaro having without doubt his best race since joining the team and finishing close behind the guys at the front. We have had two important days of testing since then in Catalunya and Aragon which were particularly satisfactory. Now we go to Silverstone in good spirits and confident we can do well. We had a positive weekend in Barcelona with the CRT project and took another step forward during the two days testing. We are growing from race to race and with Michele having finished on the podium at Silverstone in the Moto2 race last year we are determined to be celebrating a good result again."