The San Carlo Gresini Honda team issued the following press release after their team launch in Milan today:
TEAM SAN CARLO HONDA GRESINI MAKE THE GRADE AS AS TECHNOLOGY AND PASSION MEET AT MILAN POLYTECHNIC
Team San Carlo Honda Gresini today unveiled its new livery for the 2012 MotoGP, CRT and Moto3 campaigns in the fitting surroundings of the wind tunnel at Milan Polytechnic. It is an ambitious joint programme that the team have labelled “Technology and Passion,” as Alberto Vitaloni and Fausto Gresini continue their wonderful adventure together with their own brand of dynamism and enthusiasm, based around the fundamentals of the present and the future of motorcycle racing. Represented by Alvaro Bautista and the Honda RC213V in MotoGP, Michele Pirro and his Honda CBR1000 RR powered FTR in the new CRT class and young Niccolò Antonelli on the Honda NSF250R in Moto3, San Carlo and Gresini continue their mission to cultivate passion and talent for motorcycling within Italy. At the end of a long day, the students of the Milan Polytechnic were able to meet the team in the true spirit of their “Technology and Passion” motto.
ALBERTO VITALONI “Technology and Passion is a perfect combination that continues to drive forward our project together with Team Gresini. A new season starts right here in the Milan Polytechnic and we are proud to be continuing with a project that has already provided us with so much excitement over the past few years. We were determined to continue in the name of Marco (Simoncelli) because we are sure that this is what he would want and I hope the choice we have made continues to bring great success.”
FAUSTO GRESINI “It has been a fantastic and emotional day. We start out with renewed enthusiasm as we continue our search for the best combination of “Technology and Passion.” It gives us great pride to have a partner like San Carlo and the energy that President Alberto Vitaloni transmits to all of us is key. We have put together an international line-up for 2012 with Alvaro Bautista in MotoGP alongside Michele Pirro on the CRT bike, with Niccolò Antonelli debuting in Moto3 and both Gino Rea and Rattapark Wilairot joining the team in Moto2. There was a great atmosphere here with the students from the Milan Polytechnic and I can say that we have started out on the right foot. Now we travel with confidence to the first race of the season in Qatar on Sunday April 8th.”
ALVARO BAUTISTA “I am really happy to be here in Milan for the presentation of Team San Carlo Honda Gresini. This is the start of a new adventure for me and I think everything is in place to have a good season. I came home from Sepang feeling satisfied because we had a very positive test and now we go to Jerez to put the finishing touches to our preseason work and try to get even more comfortable and confident on the Honda RC213V."
MICHELE PIRRO “Finally I have got my hands on my bike! It looks great and I can't wait to ride it. I am sure the team have done a good job on it and I am confident about the challenge ahead. It won't be easy at the start but along with the guys we will be trying our hardest to get some positive results.”
NICCOLO’ ANTONELLI “Everything is completely new for me and it has been exciting to enjoy the atmosphere of a big team presentation like this. Being with Alvaro and Michele has given me a flavour of the World Championship and they have wished me well for the new season. I have already found a good feeling with the Moto3 bike and we will try to improve it further in the upcoming test at Jerez.”