Jerez GP – 250cc Quotes after FP1

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1st Álvaro Bautista 1.43.429 (22 laps)
“Setting the pace on Friday is the best way to start the weekend. I felt comfortable even though I didn’t have the same feeling I had in the recent MotoGP test here. I was struggling to get into the corners and it all felt too slow, although the lap times weren’t too bad. The track conditions are different to when we tested here because of the extra heat and maybe that’s why we’re having to work a bit harder to find the right setting. I’m satisfied with the setting we’ve found for the first day and with the lap time, so let’s see if we can improve tomorrow and get back to the level we set here in the winter. We’ve still got a full day tomorrow and I’m sure the lap times will get closer. Aoyama is looking really strong and I’m sure he’ll be one of my main rivals on Sunday.”

5th Gábor Talmácsi 1.44.278 (18 laps)
“I think my position today is quite good and I’m happy with the lap time, although we did have some grip problems and I couldn’t set a consistent pace. The main issue is with the rear and I can’t open the throttle without getting the feeling I’m about to be thrown into the air. We didn’t have the right carburetion settings at the beginning of the session but luckily we sorted it out for my final run. We have to reflect on the work we’ve done today so that we can set quick times tomorrow and a consistent rhythm.”

7th Mike Di Meglio 1.44.385 (19 laps)
“It was a tough session because we struggled to get on the pace at the start although we weren’t too far off by the end so I’m happy. I would have preferred to be a little closer to the top and a little faster but we’ve still got the whole of tomorrow to keep working. The grip levels are different compared to the last time we rode here at Jerez and the wind was a factor too. We tried a variety of rear compounds to try and improve traction and we’ve got a few more ideas for tomorrow. We used the set-up we found here in the winter and the results were good, but I hope that tomorrow we can take that little step forward we need to get closer to the front.”

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