The Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini enjoyed a positive start to the historic Assen TT today after Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding both obtained good feelings aboard their Honda MotoGP machines during the first two free practice sessions of the weekend. The eleventh position of Alvaro Bautista in the combined classification does not really reflect the situation of the Spaniard, who found encouraging improvements compared to the last two races, but was slowed down by traffic, which didn’t allow him to complete a clean lap: his ideal time proves it: the sum of his best sector times is actually more than 0.3 seconds quicker than the 1’34”466 he clocked in the afternoon. Immediately behind Bautista, Scott Redding finished the day in 12th position, setting a good 1’35”445 aboard his RCV1000R, more than three tenths of a second faster than the closest of the three other Open Class Honda machines.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (11th - 1'34"466) “Like in Mugello and Montmelo, here we have several fast corners, where we are struggling a lot, but today we tried different settings in order to improve my feeling and actually now I feel more comfortable. Our position in the timesheets doesn’t tell all the truth: I could have been was faster, but I couldn’t prove it because I found a lot of traffic and I was not able to make one clean lap. Therefore, I’m confident ahead of tomorrow because my feeling on the bike is much better right now. Today we also used some new braking parts tested in the Barcelona post-race test: we are talking about small details, but for us they are very important to make a little step forward. Tomorrow we will continue to work to improve cornering and we will se what we can do”.
SCOTT REDDING (12th - 1'35"445) “This morning was good, and also the afternoon session was not bad! The only thing is that this circuit has a lot of very fast corners and the bike is always spinning and wheeling… I went straight this morning on Turn 6 and I had a very scary time because you realize how fast you are going only when you go off the track! We are struggling a little bit on Sector 1, but in the other sectors the situation is not bad. I have a little bit of chatter in the front end, and we also need to find some more rear grip, but overall I’m very happy with the bike and I think the guys of the team are happy as well”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “I’m sorry for Bautista because actually today we worked really well, despite the final position; unfortunately, in the final stages of the afternoon session, when we tried to set a good time, Alvaro has always found in front of him other riders slowing him down. We definitely could have done a better lap time, therefore this result doesn’t tell the truth. Redding made two good practice sessions, keeping a good pace and confirming himself as the fastest Open Class Honda rider: the gap from the top is quite high, but our reference are the other Production Racer machines, so we can say that today we have done our job well”.Published on : Jun 25 2014