Alvaro Bautista qualifies tenth for Assen GP in rain-affected session

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The Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini experienced today a complicated qualifying day at the historic TT Assen circuit in the Netherlands.

This morning the changeable weather with some light rain didn’t allow Alvaro Baautista to enter directly into the decisive Qualifying 2, which decides the first twelve positions on the starting grid and then, after a good Qualifying 1 on a dry track, closed by the Spaniard with a good 1’34”274, the rain disrupted again the crucial QP2 session.

With damp track conditions, all riders were on track during the first stages of the session: a difficult situation who saw Bautista clocking the tenth fastest time, 1’42”884, which means that the Spaniard will start tomorrow’s 26-laps race from the fourth row.

ALVARO BAUTISTA (10th – 1’42″884)
“Today has been a really strange day: yesterday during practice we could set a lap time to jump right into the Qualifying 2, in order to feel more relaxed today, but it was not possible because of the traffic, and this morning it rained… During FP4 we also tried two different set-up solutions looking for more traction, but with no improvement, so we went back to the previous set-up for the Qualifying 1; in this session, however, I was able to be fast even if I didn’t use new tyres but then, right at the beginning of the Q2,it started to rain and it was very risky. The conditions were the same for everyone, but on the first lap I preferred not to push too hard because if I fell and the track had dried out, I’d be in an even worse situation. Tomorrow first of all we will keep an eye on weather conditions, because overall I’m happy with my feeling on the bike in the dry”.

Source: Gresini Racing

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