(*with thanks to Pringle for the translation, here’s some fuller words from Bati…) “Estoril is like racing at home, I have won three consecutive times...


(*with thanks to Pringle for the translation, here’s some fuller words from Bati…)

“Estoril is like racing at home, I have won three consecutive times here, but this is the most important victory for me. In the last races we have had very bad luck, we always worked well but one reason or another, we could never get the desired result. As much for me, as for my team, this result gives us a very important touch of morale, because finally we have been able to finish the weekend with a victory. I needed a good result to convince myself that we could stay on top. Today’s race was a bit difficult, because the track conditions were different to those at the practices. Overnight it rained and so there were some parts partially damp and the grip wasn’t the same.

It wasn’t easy but when I started, I took the reference points well and in the first turn for the finish I was in the lead. I had to be cautious, but from the third lap I got in my rhythm and I distanced myself quite from Simoncelli. After a few laps, it started to rain in the chicane, and because of this I lowered the rhythm, as the gap to Marco was already large and I didn’t want to make any errors. I didn’t want to think of the bad results, here I started like in any other race, only today I had the luck that nothing went wrong. Now I only think of keeping this up and winning races. This result gives us much confidence for the next Grand Prix.”

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