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Gresini angry and disappointed.

San Carlo Honda Gresini team principal, Fausto Gresini, said he was too angry to comment after riders Toni Elias and Alex de Angelis finished ninth and 14th in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.

“I am so disappointed and angry right now that I can't bring myself to comment on that race,” said Gresini. “I think the best thing for us is to put it behind us and look forward. Hopefully things will be better at Le Mans. They can't be much worse.”

On a day when Randy de Puniet took his customer spec RC212V to fourth place, Elias was over ten seconds slower on his factory machine as rear traction problems - which he has been battling since before the start of the season - continued.

“I honestly thought we were capable of a better race today but it was impossible,” sighed the local star. “We were suffering too much throughout the race with a lack of rear traction and I can promise the fans that I couldn't do any more than I did.

“In a situation like this you can only try to take some positives away from the grand prix as a whole and looking back at the weekend we have at least continued to make progress.

“We were two seconds off the pace in Qatar, one and a half seconds off in Motegi and one second off here. The target for Le Mans is to reduce it to less than a second. I hope we can do it.”

With Elias' factory ride yet to bear fruit, the team's best result remains a sixth by de Angelis at the Qatar season opener. However, the San Marinese had more than set-up problems on Sunday.

“I woke up this morning with a bout of flu and I was really struggling,” said Alex. “Doctor Costa sorted me out with some medication but I certainly wasn't at 100% for the race. I got a decent start but I got stuck behind Toseland and even though I felt much faster than him he was very, very strong on the brakes and I just couldn't get past. I got stuck there for the whole race and that was that, pretty much!

“There's not much else to say! It has been one of my hardest weekends for a long time and I'm looking forward to spending some time at home, recovering from this illness and having a good rest before France, which promises to be another tough one for us,” he warned.

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Rob - Unregistered

May 03, 2009 10:27 PM

Maybe if Fausto hired two quality riders instead of pandering to Spanish sponsors then he would have two good results. Instead he chooses to blame them and have a cry when he decides who rides and who doesn't. Simoncelli was an option and so was Melandri

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