250cc 2nd Álvaro Bautista: “This second place tasted like victory for me. Obviously I know that first is always better, but we were really battling...

250cc

2nd Álvaro Bautista:
“This second place tasted like victory for me. Obviously I know that first is always better, but we were really battling out there at 100%. Before the race I wasn’t sure of what my race pace would be like, not knowing if I could keep up, as during the practice sessions I couldn’t find the right pace. In the warmup we worked on the setting and found a new configuration that I really liked, and when I saw the crowd I knew that I had to leave any excuses behind me and go for a good result. Jorge told me to remember 2007 just before I went out, and the motivation worked. At the end of the race I tried to take the victory, but it was a pity that Hiroshi is so fantastic on the brakes. I tried to do it later but it wasn’t possible, he was at the limit. We finished second but it is almost a victory, and I learnt that we will never back down.”

 
11th Mike Di Meglio:
“I didn’t have a good start, but quickly I was able to come back. I felt comfortable riding, but I began to notice a sharp pain in my right forearm. Lap after lap it hurt more and more, and I couldn’t brake hard nor accelerate hard. On the corners I was suffereing, andi t was difficult to grit out the race. It was a pity, because the bike was working perfectly and I think that I could have had a great race. It might be a suit problem, but next time out at Le Mans I want to be the best that I can be for my home race.”

7th Gábor Talmácsi:
“We had a lot to get our heads around this weekend, with the rear grip. We made a lot of changes but were unable to gain confidence, which we needed. We made a lot of changes in the warmup and found some Solutions that helped in the race, but I started pretty badly and had to regain places. It was fun, and got me feeling better on my Aprilia. At the end I was able to pass Locatelli, and took seventh at the flag. I took points, and kept up the learning process in the class. I’m happy with that, and want to continue at this good level.” 

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1st Bradley Smith:
“The bike went awesome today, and I can’t thank my team enough. I was able to get away and had an extremely fast pace for the whole race. In the last seven laps I had a fifth gear problem that cut the advantage, but I knew how to bring the bike home for the win. Iannone, Simón and I had the best pace over the weekend, and I knew that if nothing strange happened I would out in front alone. I want to thank the entire team for their work since I joined, and it is so satisfying to see that our hard winter work has paid off. “

 
2nd Sergio Gadea:
“It means a lot to me to take the podium at Jerez, in front of the home fans. After such a bad year, I want to dedicate this result to my family and my girlfriend and thank the team for sticking with me for another season. We made some changes and improved tremendously, with a bike that could really push. I am very satisfied with the performance of the engine, which is something that the team has been working on. I wanted to push even more, knowing that I could be faster than Marquez, but I had a small scare that didn’t so much make me nervous as let me know that slipstreaming him would be the best option.”
 
 
Julián Simón (DNF):
“It was a pity to have crashed out, because I was riding fast. I had a bad start once again, meaning that I had to come back during the opening laps. We had some very fast times, and I think that I would have been able to have caught up with Smith after Iannone had crashed. Races are like this; I think that I got a little bit too excited about riding in front of the fans in Jerez. In any case I am happy, because we are still close to the top man in the standings and are able to go to Le Mans ready for a better race.”

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