The official MotoGP Winter Tests came to an end today at the Losail circuit: both riders of Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini, Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding, spent the final day of testing trying an important race simulation. Despite a small crash as he lost the front at Turn 4 halfway through the session, Bautista was able to complete his long run of 22 consecutive laps: unfortunately, Alvaro couldn’t keep the pace he desired, due to the persistence of some grip issues that the team will try to overcome during the race weekend. Alvaro finished the day with the fifth best time, 1’55”232. Scott Redding today had the opportunity to complete his first race simulation aboard a MotoGP bike, a very useful experience ahead his top class debut: the Briton completed 20 consecutive laps, keeping a good pace in the first part of the long run, while in the latter part his times have risen slightly. Today Scott finished the test with a best time of 1’57”009.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (1'55"232 - 50 LAPS)
“In today’s race simulation we have collected some very important data to work on during the first Grand Prix weekend, although we still encountered some problems, like in the first two days of testing here at Losail. We are still struggling because of the lack of grip at the rear, and moreover halfway through the full race distance, the tyre performance starts to drop. Our pace is better compared to last year’s Grand Prix, and this is positive, but in two weeks we absolutely want to improve. Before the long run I crashed as I lost the front, but fortunately it was nothing serious, so that later I managed to complete the simulation”.
SCOTT REDDING (1'57"009 - 50 LAPS)
“I’m pleased that I got my first ever MotoGP race simulation under my belt today, and I’m also satisfied with my performance. I was able to maintain a steady pace and my lap times - compared with that of Nicky Hayden, who is still our reference – they were not bad at all. We are therefore confident ahead of the first race, although we noticed a drop of the tyre performance in the second half of the long run, so we need work to improve this. In this last day I didn’t make any change to the bike, because we focused on the race simulation: it was important for us to complete a first long run, and we did it well”.
“Today we were able to complete all the planned working program, making a race simulation with both riders. Unfortunately, Bautista had a small crash before his long run, so this episode certainly has influenced him a bit. However, with Alvaro we couldn’t keep the pace that we wanted: we need to work hard on the bike looking for more grip if we want to be more competitive. As for Scott, I am very happy with how he behaved during his first long run: he proved its ability to maintain a good pace, setting his best time during the simulation. Unfortunately, at this time his bike pays an important gap in terms of performance from other 'Open' machines, and this must be taken into consideration”.