Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding have a big mountain to climb during tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Aragon after a difficult qualifying session this afternoon, which saw them relegated in fifteenth and sixteenth position, respectively.Slowed by the same rear grip issues which are afflicting him from several races, Bautista was not able to go beyond the fifth position in Qualifying 1 with a lap time of 1’49”274 and therefore was not able to access the battle for the top twelve positions, the Q2 session.His teammate, Scott Redding, will line up on the grid behind him with the sixteenth fastest time, 1’49”703: although improving his pace compared to yesterday, the British rookie again struggled with front-end issues and was beaten in Qualifying 1 by Hiroshi Aoyama’s Open Class Honda RCV1000R.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (15th - 1'49"274) “I miss rear grip, like the other races, and even with a new tyre I cannot use all the potential of the bike, therefore I’m struggling a lot. I could not enter the Q2 today, so tomorrow I will start from the back of the grid, but apart from that it’s frustrating riding in this condition because it’s like taking risks everywhere, just to go one second slower compared to our rivals. This is not a good feeling, for sure! Tomorrow anyway I will give my best, trying to take my rhythm and finish the race: it’s all I can do, because at the moment, with this feeling, it’s impossible to go fast.”
SCOTT REDDING (16th - 1'49"703) “It was a difficult day: the set-up solution we tried during FP4 to try and make the bike better for me was not really good, so we went back to the old setting for the Qualifying. We still need to work tomorrow because the situation actually has not improved compared to yesterday. It’s going to be a long race and even though it will be difficult, we will give our best to try to be the top Production Racer Honda.”
FAUSTO GRESINI “We are still struggling a lot and unfortunately we cannot find a way out for this situation, which is affecting us already for five or six races. Tomorrow we expect another difficult race: we hope that at least Alvaro can give the best from his side, thus getting the maximum possible result. Redding is also struggling, but I believe that our target to be back as top Production Racer Honda may be within our reach tomorrow.”Published on : Sep 26 2014