Aug 15 2014

REDDING FAST ON DRY AND WET CONDITIONS AT BRNO. REAR GRIP ISSUES FOR BAUTISTA

REDDING FAST ON DRY AND WET CONDITIONS AT BRNO. REAR GRIP ISSUES FOR BAUTISTA

The Czech Republic Grand Prix weekend kicked off today at Brno with the first day of track action, characterized by a first free practice session in dry conditions and an afternoon session held on a wet track. In both conditions, Team GO& FUN Honda Gresini’s Scott Redding proved to be the fastest rider aboard the Open Class Honda RCV1000R, ending the morning with the 13th fastest time, 1’58”301, and with the eleventh best performance in the afternoon, 2’09”869.His teammate Alvaro Bautista has unfortunately been slowed down, as happened in Indianapolis, by severe rear grip issues: the Spaniard this morning set the 15th fastest time, 1’58”698, then he struggled even under rain in the afternoon, when he set the 18th fastest time in 2’11”004. ALVARO BAUTISTA (15th - 1'58"698)“Here we have the same situation of Indianapolis: we have zero feeling from the rear tyre, and due to this I I’m struggling also with the front end; I cannot enter the corner as fast as I want, the rear is sliding everytime. This situation is frustrating because I really can’t do anything: I simply can’t ride. During the second free practice session, we had the same problems in the wet. This afternoon we wanted to test some set-up adjustments for dry conditions, but it was impossible, so today was a disaster. We will try to work on the suspension setting tomorrow, in order to find something which can help us”. SCOTT REDDING (13th - 1'58"301)“I’m happy with this morning’s free practice session on the dry, because this is a difficult track for me and also for Honda I think, but actually I felt immediately pretty good. I used the same tyres all the session and I made my fastest lap on the last run, and this is also very good. Finally in the afternoon I had the opportunity to test the bike in full rain conditions: I was a bit nervous and also a bit scared, let me say… However, actually it was not bad, and confidence came quite quickly. This is good because now we have some data and we can work a little bit more on the setting for wet conditions. It was the first time for me with full wet and I think it was not bad because I was again the fastest Open Honda, like in the dry. Tomorrow I would like to close a little bit the gap to the group of bikes in front of me, because there is still a big gap, even if it will be difficult because on this track you need power in a lot of places”. FAUSTO GRESINI“On a very difficult track for his bike, Redding made a very good first day of practice today, thus confirming the big step forward he had showed at Indianapolis. Moreover, Scott was the fastest ‘Production Racer’ rider in both dry and wet conditions. Bautista unfortunately continues to have no confidence with his bike: the lack of rear grip is slowing down him a lot. The situation, of course, was even worst in the wet. I am sorry for this situation, we would like to bring back Alvaro in the positions that we know we can achieve, therefore tomorrow we will continue to work hard, trying some other set-up adjustments”.

Published on : Aug 15 2014