Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista took a hard fought seventh place in today’s Grand Prix of Aragon, battling with determination both in the first part of the race, held on dry asphalt, and also after the arrival of the rain and the consequent change of the bike in the pit lane as per 'flag to flag' regulation. In trouble during practice and qualifying, Bautista just missed the top five today, crossing the finish line less than 0.3 seconds behind Bradley Smith and Pol Espargarò’s Yamahas, despite a vibration problem with the brakes that slowed him down after he climbed on the second bike for wet conditions. His teammate, Scott Redding, got a good tenth place, picking up important points for the championship: the English rookie crossed the finish line behind the other two Honda RCV1000R of Hiroshi Aoyama and Nicky Hayden, but nevertheless he managed well his first 'flag to flag' with a transition from the dry to the wet.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (7th) “Today we faced an unpredictable race: this morning we didn’t know in what conditions we were going to race, then the track dried out and so we started with a dry setting. To be honest I was feeling quite comfortable; there was more grip on the track, even though I felt exactly the same problems we had during practice. I fought for the fifth position in the second group of riders, then it started to rain so I continued cautiously, until it became necessary to change the bike when the rain intensified. Unfortunately when I rejoined the track on the second bike for wet conditions I had a vibration problem with the brakes that forced me to go wide in a corner: it’s a shame, because in the end I was very close to the fifth position and if there was another lap, or even just a few corners more, I think I could overtake Smith and Pol Espargarò.”
SCOTT REDDING (10th) “In the beginning I felt quite comfortable, but then I started to spin a lot and when the rain came I had no edge grip on corner entry, so I lost a lot of time there. In addition, for me it was the first time to go from dry to wet; I went from wet to dry a few times, but going from riding with the slicks to riding with rain tyres is quite different, and also knowing the right time to change the bike. Anyway, my timing was not too bad, maybe I could come in just one lap before. I’m not really disappointed but I’n not really happy, because I’ve been the first Open Class Honda for first part of the race and I was feeling good before the rain, which we didn’t plan… Anyway, after these two last races I’m confident we can bounce back soon.”
FAUSTO GRESINI “Bautista was keeping a good pace in the dry, then the arrival of rain changed everything: when he got on the second bike for wet conditions, unfortunately Alvaro was slowed down by a vibration on the brakes, losing some ground. Later the situation has improved, but there were only a few laps to the end of the race and it was not possible to reach a better position. Scott did a decent race, even if we were not able to hit our target, which was to be the top Open Class Honda.”Published on : Sep 27 2014