Aboard the Team GO & FUN Honda Gresini Honda RC213V, Alvaro Bautista will start tomorrow’s French Grand Prix from the third row of the grid. The Spaniard took the seventh place in the hard-fought qualifying session this afternoon at the historic Le Mans circuit, which saw Marc Marquez on pole. Apart from the championship leader, all the other 11 riders who participated in the QP2 session were covered by less than six tenths of a second. His team-mate, Scott Redding, closed the QP1 session with the sixth fastest time, which means that tomorrow he will start from 16th place, on the sixth row of the grid. The young Briton was struggling this morning, but in the afternoon he was able found a good feeling with his bike and tomorrow he will try to fight with the best Open Class Honda machines.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (7th - 1'33"006) “Yesterday we started weekend very well and also today my feeling with the bike has improved further, but the other riders were able to progress more than we did; as usual, when the grip on the track improves, as happened today, we struggle a bit more than other riders. However, apart from Marquez who was really fast, we are not far from the second position: the gap is less than three tenths of a second and that means that we are all very close. Our situation is undoubtedly better compared to Jerez, so tomorrow we'll try to get a good start, then we will do our race with the usual goal: cross the finish line collecting as many points as possible”.
SCOTT REDDING (16th - 1'34"233) “Until today we have always been the third or fourth Open Class Honda, so it was good to be again the second fastest Honda RCV1000R during Free Practice 4 and Qualifying. I’m feeling a lot better, we changed a lot the bike to give me back some feeling, and as a result I started to enjoy myself again. This morning I didn’t feel comfortable on the bike, but in the end we solved our problems. Now we have to see if we can make more improvements tomorrow morning, especially from my side, because now the bike is pretty good”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “Starting the race from the third row won’t be easy, but we are still very close to the other riders in front of us, so tomorrow it will be important to get a good start off the line and try to make a good pace in the early laps. Apart from Marquez, I don’t see other riders with a higher potential, capable to maintain a better pace, so we think that we can have a good race. Scott is really close to Hayden and now is missing very little to stay with him: tomorrow morning during the Wam Up we will try to further improve his feeling with the front end”.