PREVIEW MOTO2: GP of Japan, Motegi, 30 September - 2 October 2011
POSITIVE SIGNS AS TEAM GRESINI MOTO2 TRAVEL TO JAPAN
Even though the results were below expectations for Team Gresini Moto2 at Aragon the signs were positive, with a new Moriwaki chassis that the team tested at Valencia before the Grand Prix two weeks ago proving to have plenty of potential. There is still a lot of work to do but the team feel they are on the right lines now and at Moriwaki's home circuit this weekend they are hopeful of returning to their best form. Yuki Takahashi has extra motivation at Motegi as he rides in front of his home fans, which could also give Michele Pirro an added boost.
“We ought to be disappointed with the final result at Aragon but looking back I don't feel that way because the new chassis gives us reason for optimism. Naturally there is a lot of work to do with it but the signs are positive and now we have to work hard to make sure that Motegi is the start of a positive new phase. It is an important race for me in front of my home fans and I am determined to be one of the frontrunners in Moto2 again.”
“Hard work is the order of the day! Now we have an important new element to work with in the shape of a new chassis and that should allow us to be competitive again. We were able to see its potential at Aragon and now it is just a matter of time before we are back up there. If we can make the right set-up choices at Motegi we will do well. I am confident that we can put our recent run of bad results behind us.”
“Having analysed the new chassis at Aragon I am confident that we can get back to being competitive again. Moriwaki have done a great job, as they always do, and I think we can have a strong finish to the season at the right end of the Moto2 field. Because of our relationship with Moriwaki we want to give them a result to celebrate at their home race, as we were able to do with Elias last year.”