Alvaro Bautista leaves Sepang test satisfied and happy with progress

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The Sepang official MotoGP winter testing has come to a conclusion today for GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding: both riders leave the Malaysian track in high spirits, having obtained a good feeling aboard their bikes, the ‘Factory’ Honda RC213V and the ‘Open’ Honda RCV1000R respectively.

After yesterday’s successful race simulation, Alvaro Bautista spent the last day of testing focusing on different details about suspension, brakes and electronics.

The Spaniard finished the day with the sixth best time, 2’00”506, obtained in the morning but also replicated in the latter part of the day, with very high temperatures on track, proving that there’s still room for improvement.

The Team will now fly to Qatar, for the last pre-season test scheduled from 7th to 9th of March at Losail Circuit.

ALVARO BAUTISTA (2’00″506 – 60 LAPS)
“These six days of testing in Malaysia have been very hard because we faced very difficult conditions, but we are really happy because we have improved so much throughout the two testing sessions, reaching a good feeling with the bike. After the great work done in the first two days, today we could focus on some details with regard to the Showa front fork, as well as the Nissin brakes . In addition, we have refined the electronic controls . At the end of the day I managed to repeat the lap times obtained in the morning, when the track was cooler: it means that we are working in the right direction, and that there is still room for improvement . Moreover, even though the new rear shock already goes very well, enabling us to maintain a good pace for several consecutive laps, even when the tyre starts to wear out, we have not yet explored all the possible settings . Therefore in the next test in Qatar we will continue to work on this aspect, also trying to improve our qualifying performance”.

“Generally speaking, it’s been a positive test: after leading day one with Alvaro, on this last day we could definitely get better lap times, but the important thing is that both our riders have obtained positive feelings. I am particularly pleased because thanks to the excellent work done in these three days we were able to recover the time lost earlier this month, when we had been slowed down by some problems. Now we look forward to the next test in Qatar with great confidence”.

Source: Gresini Racing

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