Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini completed today an exhaustive three days of testing at the Sepang International Circuit. Both Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding continued the work set in the first two days, collecting valuable data ahead of the next test to be held later this month, again on the Malaysian track. Aboard his Honda RC213V, Bautista tried different set-up solutions looking for more traction: the Spaniard is struggling a little bit with the new Bridgestone tyres for the 2014 season, although the team, together with Showa, has already some ideas to improve. Alvaro signed off the three days of testing putting in 63 laps with a best time of 2’00”788. Scott signed off the test putting in 60 laps setting a best time of 2’02”833; the English rookie faced his first real test in MotoGP without making mistakes, getting to grips with the bike and gradually improving his lap times: later this month he will resume work on bike set-up and traction control. The Team GO & FUN Honda Gresini will return to action at Sepang for the three-day test scheduled on 26th, 27th and 28th of February.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (2'00"788 - 63 LAPS)
“Today we continued the work done in the first two days of testing: basically our efforts were focused again on the suspension, looking for more grip on the rear and for an overall better feeling with the bike. We made a small step forward, but at the moment we still can not take full advantage of the new Bridgestone tyres; we have less grip than last year and as a result I still can not open the throttle as I would like. Later this month, in the next tests, we will work hard on this aspect. We also need to improve the speed on the single lap: this morning I put on the softer tyre, but we were not able to exploit it, and I was not very fast. However, I'm quite happy of my race pace, as I was able to do many consecutive laps close to my best time. My opinion on this first test is positive: there is still much work to do, but the team and Showa have collected valuable data for the upcoming test”.
SCOTT REDDING (2'02"833 - 60 LAPS)
“Today I was able to take another step forward: I am learning how to slide the bike to get it turned on exit and in general I felt more at ease while riding. Unfortunately, the difficult conditions of the track in the afternoon did not allow me to improve a lot of my lap time, but I'm happy with how my first test with the team went; later this month we will come back in Sepang, and we will continue to work on the suspension and on electronic set-up refinement, in particular traction control”.
“It’s been an important three-day test, although the final classification does not do justice to us; unfortunately we lost a bit of time in the first two days with Bautista, so in this last day we were not be able to be as competitive as expected, although Alvaro already showed a good pace. Anyway I'm not worried, we have another test later this month in which we will try to improve, especially for rear grip. With respect to Scott, the balance is positive: we must not forget that it’s only the beginning of this adventure. Three days of testing on a MotoGP bike on a track like Sepang is not easy for a rookie, but Redding has improved day after day without doing mistakes. It will take a little more time to see his full potential”.