Bautista satisfied with first 1000cc test and impressed by electronics
It has been a positive first shakedown with the Honda RC213V for Team San Carlo Honda Gresini and their new rider Alvaro Bautista at Sepang. Over the three days the Spaniard improved his laptime by nearly 1,5 seconds and his feeling with the 1000cc machine has gradually become better. Now both the team and rider are extremely confident about the next test session, which takes place at the same circuit at the end of this month. Bautista completed 34 laps on the third and final day of this test, stopping the clock at 2.01’384 before a heavy tropical shower brought the session to a premature end. Bautista was just over a second behind the second-fastest rider and about half a second from a top five position.
Alvaro Bautista (2.01’384 – 34 laps) “The first test is over and we come away with a positive feeling. I took another step forward today, improving my rhythm more than anything, and overall we have done a good job and established a good feel for the RC213V. Now we have a little time before the next test here at Sepang to process the information we have gathered here over the last three days. We need to get everything right for the next visit to Malaysia but I am happy, satisfied and confident about the future. The relationship with the team and with Honda is great and this will help us achieve results. I have to say the most impressive thing about the RC213V is the electronics, which delivers the power in such a linear and progressive way that you can really make the most of the 1000cc.”
Source: Gresini Racing