Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini riders Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding made further improvements on day two of the second official MotoGP test at Sepang International Circuit. Today in the afternoon Bautista was able to try a first race simulation, focusing on tyre durability putting in 20 consecutive laps. In the latter part of the day, Alvaro was also improved his lap time from yesterday, setting a good 2’00”500, which puts him third overall in today’s session, as well in the combined times. Scott Redding spent time making some adjustments to the chassis geometry of his Honda RCV1000R in order to find more braking stability, getting positive feedback and closing the gap to the other ‘Open’ Hondas with a fastest lap of 2’02”652, whch lowers his yesterday’s lap time by almost a second. The three day test will conclude tomorrow at the Sepang International Circuit.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (2'00"500 - 55 LAPS)
“Today we completed a good race simulation: having done it in the afternoon, the track was not in the best condition, but all in all we are pleased with how it went. We have gathered important data and we have seen an improvement with regard to the durability of the rear tyre. Compared to what happened in last year’s race, especially thanks to the new Showa rear suspension items, the bike moves less when the tyre starts to wear out. The front tyre instead starts to slip a little bit after about 15 laps, and this leads to lose the ideal line, therefore we will work to improve this aspect. At the end of the day I also set a very good lap time, the best ever for me on this track, but I'm especially happy for the good work we were able to do: tomorrow we will continue to work on chassis set-up and refining the electronics, but we are definitely in a good shape”.
SCOTT REDDING (2'02"652 - 54 LAPS)
“I’m happy with today’s outcome: we worked a lot on braking stability and now the situation is better than yesterday, therefore I was able to improve my lap times. Tomorrow we will continue to work in this direction, trying other chassis geometry solutions and I hope we can make a further step ahead. In the last day we will also try to refine the electronics”.
“This second day at Sepang proved to be very successful: we were able to complete a lot of work with both riders, making good progress. Alvaro has proved once again to be very competitive, setting a good lap time and making a first race simulation that has been very useful. The assessment of these two days is undoubtedly positive, but our preparation for the upcoming season clearly does not stop here: tomorrow, in the last day of testing in Malaysia, we would still try different details to make a further step ahead. I am also pleased with the progress made by Redding, who has improved his fastest time achieved earlier this month. At the moment Scott is struggling under braking, but we are already working together with Nissin to overcome this problem and I am sure that soon we will find a good solution”.