The Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini experienced today a complicated qualifying day at the historic TT Assen circuit in the Netherlands: this morning the changeable weather with some light rain didn’t allow Alvaro Baautista to enter directly into the decisive Qualifying 2, which decides the first twelve positions on the starting grid and then, after a good Qualifying 1 on a dry track, closed by the Spaniard with a good 1’34”274, the rain disrupted again the crucial QP2 session. With damp track conditions, all riders were on track during the first stages of the session: a difficult situation who saw Bautista clocking the tenth fastest time, 1’42”884, which means that the Spaniard will start tomorrow’s 26-laps race from the fourth row. His teammate Scott Redding, closed the Qualifying 1 with the sixth fastest time, therefore he will start tomorrow from 16th place on the grid: the English rookie is satisfied with the behaviour of his bike in dry conditions and is confident ahead of tomorrow's race, but he’s a bit disappointed to be behind Abraham and Aoyama’s Honda RCV1000R machines on the grid, even if only by one tenth of a second.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (10th - 1'42"884) “Today has been a really strange day: yesterday during practice we could set a lap time to jump right into the Qualifying 2, in order to feel more relaxed today, but it was not possible because of the traffic, and this morning it rained... During FP4 we also tried two different set-up solutions looking for more traction, but with no improvement, so we went back to the previous set-up for the Qualifying 1; in this session, however, I was able to be fast even if I didn’t use new tyres but then, right at the beginning of the Q2,it started to rain and it was very risky. The conditions were the same for everyone, but on the first lap I preferred not to push too hard because if I fell and the track had dried out, I'd be in an even worse situation. Tomorrow first of all we will keep an eye on weather conditions, because overall I’m happy with my feeling on the bike in the dry”.
SCOTT REDDING (16th - 1'35"059) “The Qualifying wasn’t bad, all the Open Class Hondas are very close; we made more or less the same lap time, and my race pace is quite good, so I’m not too worried about the grid position. Maybe it’s going to rain for the race, so we have to change our plans because I still made no laps on the wet with this bike. Overall I’m quite happy, also because I made my best lap alone, but I’m obviously a little bit disappointed to be only the third fastest Porduction Racer Honda, even if the gap is minimal”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “I’m not happy with today’s Qualifying... We want and must do better results than the tenth position on the grid: we encountered difficult conditions in the decisive Qualifying 2, but it was the same for everyone. Tomorrow the race will be definitely not easy because on this track it’s really important to be in a good position in the first laps, and actually we will start from the fourth row. Scott set more or less the same time of the other ‘Production Racer’ bikes, so we can say that he has done his duty; I think that tomorrow he can do a good performance”.Published on : Jun 26 2014