Bautista takes good step forward as setup changes increase his confidence substantially
If the opening day of practice was anything to go by the French Grand Prix could be one to remember for all the right reasons for Team San Carlo Honda Gresini, with Alvaro Bautista finding crucial confidence on board the Honda RC213V and lapping fourth fastest by the end of the two sessions today.
Alvaro Bautista (4th 1’ 34” 437 ) “Today was a very positive start for us. We tried some things with the setting to improve the bike from Estoril and initially they didn’t work that well, but with a few tweaks to the suspension we found some interesting solutions. We continued to work in the same direction in the afternoon and I felt a lot better on the bike than I did at Estoril and Jerez. Obviously there are still some little details to work on but for now I am happy, because we have taken a step forward. We’ll have to keep an eye on the weather tomorrow, but I am hopeful.”
Fausto Gresini “I’d say we have started out on the right foot even though Alvaro is not a big fan of this track. The team have worked hard along with the Honda engineers to improve under braking and corner entry. Alvaro liked the new solutions and we have taken an important step forward. Our main objective is to fight with Dovizioso and Crutchlow and I think we are on the right path.”
Source: Gresini Racing