The Le Mans circuit hosted today the first two practice sessions of the French Grand Prix, fifth round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship: aboard the Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda RC213V, Alvaro Bautista closed today’s combined classification with an excellent third position, behind Championship leader Marc Marquez and Andrea Iannone. The Spaniard, who showed a serious speed already during the morning session held with lower temperatures, confirmed himself among the fastest riders in the afternoon, improving his best lap time by one second between the two sessions. His team-mate, Scott Redding, who had a small crash in the afternoon as he lost the front, set the 17th fastest time, just under half a second off from Nicky Hayden’s Open Class Honda RCV1000R, to which the Briton believes he can further close the gap tomorrow.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (3rd - 1'33"668) “I’m very happy because we worked very well throughout the all day and this afternoon we managed to improve my feeling with the bike. In the first free practice session the bike was a little too nervous on corner entry, while in the second session we managed to make it smoother. I’ve completed 35 laps with a soft rear tyre and its performance was pretty consistent, so I think that the choice for the race is already quite defined. Now we just have to try to improve slightly our pace”.
SCOTT REDDING (17th - 1'35"424) “Today we had some problem with front grip, and I had a small crash this afternoon due to that, but everything is okay. I feel already quite happy with the bike, but like it happened in Jerez, the work on the electronics is taking time; we are a little bit closer to our rivals than the last Grand Prix, so we just need to keep working in the right direction. Tonight we will try and find some more front end confidence, and if we succeed, I can be there with the fastest Open Class Hondas”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “I am satisfied with the work performed today by Bautista and the whole team: we showed a good pace throughout the day and we’re making good use of the data collected during the recent Jerez post-race test, which waw very useful to better understand which direction we need to take for set-up. We are well under way and we want to continue like this, because it will be very important to have a good set up for Sunday’s race. Scott was slowed by a small crash but he’s keeping calm: he knows that here he has the potential to fight to be the fastest rider aboard the Open Class Honda”.