First day of the 2012 season and the first free practice session in Doha for the MotoGP. Some problems of confidence with the bike have affected the performance of Alvaro Bautista, however, although not far from the first used for the entire shift on the hard tires. However, good prospects for tomorrow for the Spaniard and his Honda RC213V. Positive start and almost beyond expectations for CRT RDF powered Honda CBR 1000R and Michele Pirro. While still very immature for a few miles run the CRT Team San Carlo Honda Gresini finished just three tenths off the best time from CRT. A positive performance that bodes well for the future.
Alvaro Bautista (7 ° 1 '57 "512) "And 'the world began 2012 on a track that always creates some problems with grip in the first free practice session. We tried to work on finding a good feeling with the bike but I had some problems in the corner entry because I jumped in front and then I had a lot of confidence to get stronger. We have also used for the entire round hard rubber back and with the current condition of the asphalt bike was very "spinning" and it was hard out of corners. So our work plan for tomorrow is to work on electronics and buoyancy geometries with the aim to improve my confidence with the bike. "
Michele Pirro (15 ° 2 '00 "322) "The first day did not go bad, we tried to run as much as possible to become familiar with this track on which I have never shot with this bike. We are continuing the work started at Jerez and we are making significant progress. I have confidence in the team and I am increasingly convinced that every race we will be increasingly competitive. Unfortunately the bike is still too young has only a few hundred kilometers of life and like all new things it takes time. I have the right people at my side and trying to give my best every turn, will improve. In any case I did not expect you to be just three tenth from De Puniet an experienced driver with a CRT competitive. It 'was a first great satisfaction for me and the boys. "
Fausto Gresini "The first practice session did not go badly at all. With Bautista as we are not far from the best race pace and also we now have not even used the soft tire so I'm quite happy. We worked the race in perspective and we are clear about actions to do his best so that Alvaro confidence with the bike. It also was positively surprised by Pirro that far only three tenths off the best CRT and so it seems almost unbelievable considering the few kilometers that our bike. So one day the whole positive. "
source: Honda Gresini Press Release