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Bautista And Redding Complete Successful Post-Race Test At Jerez
Posted by: newsla on May 05, 2014 - 03:47 PM
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Bautista And Redding Complete Successful Post-Race Test At Jerez


Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding were back on track today testing at the Jerez circuit.

 

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Alvaro Bautista spent the day evaluating some new brakes and suspension parts brought by Nissin and Showa, respectively. The test proved to be a positive one, considering that the Spaniard completed more than 70 laps, setting the fifth fastest time with 1’39”635, which improves his best lap time obtained in last Saturday’s Spanish Grand Prix qualifying.

His team-mate Scott Redding completed no less than 71 laps, setting in the latter part of the session a good 1’40”276, 12th fastest time of the day, which improves by 0.2 seconds his best qualifying time from the race weekend. An improvement due also to some set-up adjustments that gave good results in terms of traction. Finally, the 21-year-old Briton tried new Nissin braking parts.


ALVARO BAUTISTA (1'39"635 - 73 laps)
“It's been a tiring but positive test, during which we tried a lot of new parts. The new Nissin brakes parts allow me to be smoother during braking, especially in the first part, and this is undoubtedly positive to improve the stability of the bike, especially on light braking areas. Later, I tried a new Showa front fork and I loved the feeling that provides on corner entry: it gives me more confidence and I feel that I can push more the front end to make the bike turn; however, this leads to a small loss of rear stability, so we'll have to work to find a good compromise. We also had available some new solutions prepared by Showa for the rear suspension, but we weren’t able to improve traction. Anyway, in general all these new things will certainly be useful for the next races. I also want to thank the team, because despite being tired after a tough weekend they continued to do an excellent job today”.

SCOTT REDDING (1'40"276 - 71 laps)
“We struggled again with rear grip through the day, but we worked hard to find a solution and in the end we found something that was better, let me say, in 60% of the track. In some corners there was no difference, but in some others was better. So, this test was useful for us: we learned a lot, and we also tested some braking parts to be used later on in the season. Today it was quite hard to get up again and to be strong again, ready to ride, after a race, but overall I’m quite happy to have made this test”.

FAUSTO GRESINI
“Today was a very important day for the team: we had to try a lot of new parts relating to the braking and suspension systems, and together with Nissin and Showa we could work very hard, finding interesting solutions for the future. Both riders improved their fastest time achieved during the recent race weekend, and is undoubtedly a positive sign. This test will be very useful for the forthcoming races, starting with the French Grand Prix in two weeks time”.

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