The Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini was back on track today for the first two practice sessions of the Grand Prix of Aragon: Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding faced a complicated day, with the Spaniard only thirteenth fastest in 1’49”711, slowed down by rear grip issues, and the English rookie who set the 19th fastest time, unable to improve in the afternoon, affected by front end issues on his Open Class Honda RCV1000R machine.Expecting a difficult qualifying session, being unable to exploit the full potential of the tyres on a flying lap, tomorrow Bautista will work together with the team focusing on race pace, with the aim of achieving a good rhythm over the distance.His teammate Redding instead will try a different front fork setting in an attempt to be faster under braking and on corner entry.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (13th - 1'49"711) “Today, unfortunately, we found the same problems we had in the other races: we struggle with rear grip issues and my feeling on the bike is always the same on every track, so it’s difficult to ride. We cannot exploit the full potential of the tyres on a single flying lap, so tomorrow we will focus on race pace, looking for a better overall feeling with the bike in order to be at least consistent over the race distance, without thinking too much about the fast lap, an aspect on which we struggle a lot compared to our rivals.”
SCOTT REDDING (19th - 1'50"912)“It was a difficult day, we’re struggling again with the front end: braking and corner entry are the weakest points at the moment, so we will work on that tomorrow to try to improve the situation. We have already some ideas, probably we will try some different front fork settings, and then we will see. The positive thing is that at Misano I dind’t have feeling I couldn’t feel what the front was doing, but here I know what’s happening. This is good because I can help the guys to fix the problem: we did one more step in the right direction, now we just need to keep working on this way to find something better.”
FAUSTO GRESINI “Both Bautista and Redding found some problems today and as a result we were unable to obtain good lap times: with regard to Alvaro, we will focus our work on the race pace of Sunday's Grand Prix, since we expect a difficult qualifying session in which, however, we will give our best, as always. Scott is struggling to find the right feeling with the front end of his bike, but the situation has already improved compared to what happened at Misano; this means that the team is working in the right direction, so we are confident that we can fix the problem quickly.”Published on : Sep 25 2014