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Bright Start For Bautista And Redding At The Sachsenring
Posted by: newsla on Jul 11, 2014 - 05:36 PM
Bright Start For Bautista And Redding At The Sachsenring

Team GO& FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding kicked off in a firm and encouraging manner today the weekend of the German Grand Prix, scheduled for Sunday at the Sachsenring circuit.


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Bautista was the fifth fastest rider in both today’s free practice sessions with a final lap time of 1’22”440, less than four tenths of a second off the pace. Tomorrow the Spaniard, who felt immediately good riding his Honda RC213V machine keeping a good rhythm, will be looking for a better rear grip.

His teammate, Scott Redding, led the other three Open Class Honda RCV1000R machines of Aoyama, Abraham and Hayden thanks to the 15th fastest time, 1’22”933. The English rookie was less than 0.9 seconds behind the fastest rider of the day, Aleix Espargaro, and was impressed by his first MotoGP experience at the Sachsenring.

ALVARO BAUTISTA (5th - 1'22"440)
“We have been lucky with the weather, because it looked like it could rain all the day, but in the end we enjoyed a sunny day. This morning the track condition was not perfect, with a very low grip level, and the situation didn’t improve a lot in the afternoon. Anyway, we worked really well with the bike set-up and I felt comfortable already this morning, improving the feeling also during the second free practice session. However, I feel that we are still missing something with regard to the rear grip, therefore we are working on this area. We look forward to the rest of the weekend, because I’m convinced that we can improve both my feeling and my rhythm. Regardin the tyres, I think that the softer tyre could be a good option for Sunday’s race”.

SCOTT REDDING (15th - 1'22"933)
“Actually riding here is not as bad as I expected. This is not one of my favourite circuits, but with this bike I’m enjoying it a lot! So far I’m quite happy. In the second practice session we had a small problem with the shock absorber, so it was difficult to set good lap times, but we are not worried about it. We focused on learning the track and the electronics, regarding in particular the anti-wheelie control, because here wecan’t use so much power. Now we need to find a little bit more rear traction, and just learn the track to get the right rhythm, and hopefully we can come a little bit closer to the other bikes through the weekend”.

“Bautista got a good fifth place on this first day of practice, obtaining a good feeling aboard his bike: this bodes well for the rest of the weekend, because we started right away with a good base, even though obviously there is still some work to do. Alvaro, however, was fast and consistent, so we look to tomorrow with confidence. Scott was once again the fastest Honda 'Production Racer’ rider, on a track that is not easy to deal with first time out on a MotoGP bike, so it is definitely confirming its growth trend”.

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