Oct 10 2014

BAUTISTA AND REDDING HARD AT WORK IN MOTEGI FREE PRACTICE

BAUTISTA AND REDDING HARD AT WORK IN MOTEGI FREE PRACTICE

Today was a day of highs and lows for the Team GO & FUN Honda Gresini at Twin Ring Motegi, where is taking place this weekend the Grand Prix of Japan: Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding, in fact, closed the combined classification of the first two free practice sessions in 12th and 19th position, respectively, nevertheless working methodically in order to improve for the rest of the weekend. Bautista, especially, was feeling comfortable straight from the morning session: the Spaniard found a better feeling with the bike compared to the last few races using the softer compound available, then he struggled a little bit in the afternoon when he tried the harder tyre, therefore improving his morning lap time by only 0.4 seconds. Also his teammate, Scott Redding, spent most of the day doing tyre testing, trying both options available with the aim of identifying the best one for the race. Tomorrow the British rookie will try some changes to the suspension setting to try to better exploit the softer tyre. ALVARO BAUTISTA (12th - 1'46"227)“This morning I was feeling not so bad with the bike although track conditions were not perfect. Then, this afternoon we tried the hard rear tyre, but it was a bit more slippery compared to the softer one; in addition, at the same time I had a problem with the bike. At a certain point I started to feel a lot of vibration on the front end, on the straight and under braking; I don’t know if that was because of the tyre or the bike, we need to check it. For this reason I couldn’t improve my lap times and my final position is not so good, however I’m happy with the feeling: it’s not perfect, but it’s not as bad as in the last few races, so I’m confident for tomorrow. We have to work a little bit more and we need to fix the vibration issue, then we can do well”. SCOTT REDDING (19th - 1'47"586)“I’m quite happy about today because in the afternoon we closed the gap to the fastest Production Racer Honda, which is positive. We used the hard tyre most of today and when we put the softer one we were expecting to be even closer, but we couldn’t get it to work good, therefore we need to change a little bit the suspension setting for tomorrow to better exploit it. Overall I’m quite happy also because we were working most of the time with the harder option: at Aragon we used the soft tyre in the race and it was not good for us, so now I’m trying to push in the harder direction. However, today I didn’t get the full potential of the softer tyre, so we will see better tomorrow which is the best option for the race, making more laps with that”.

Published on : Oct 10 2014