Alvaro Bautista struggles in Free Practice sessions in Texas

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Alvaro Bautista kicked off the Grand Prix of the Americas weekend on Friday with the first two practice sessions at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Alvaro had a tough first outing as he suffered understeer, struggling to get the bike turned; the Spaniard made some set-up adjustments in the afternoon 45-minute session, but he was not able to improve the situation, closing the first day with the 11th fastest time in the combined classification.

ALVARO BAUTISTA (11th – 2’05″453)
“Obviously, being outside the top ten is an unusual situation for us, but unfortunately we struggled a lot today. It should be said that we are not far from the other riders, excluding Marquez who is a step ahead. We are struggling especially in the middle of the corners, where the bike runs wide: with this situation it’s quite difficult to get the bike turned. In the afternoon session we tried different set-ups, but we couldn’t get a good improvement, so now we will analyze all the data ahead of tomorrow, because of course we want to improve. In the morning session the engine of my bike number 1 turned off right out of the pits, on the first corner, so I had to use the second bike, but we solved the problem quickly, in fact in the afternoon I was able to use both bikes without any problems”.

“Unfortunately today Alvaro was not able to get a good lap time, also because we worked a lot with the hard tyre, so we have not taken advantage of our potential. In any case, apart from Marquez, all the other riders are not far away: we can close the gap from them, so we remain calm ahead of tomorrow”.

Source: Gresini Racing

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