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Difficult Qualifying Delivers Fourth Row For Bautista Redding Narrowly Misses Q2
Posted by: newsla on Jul 12, 2014 - 05:06 PM
Difficult Qualifying Delivers Fourth Row For Bautista Redding Narrowly Misses Q2

The German Grand Prix will start uphill for Alvaro Bautista and the Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini: the Spaniard qualified today in tenth position during the qualifying session at the Sachsenring circuit and therefore tomorrow he will line up his bike on the fourth row of the grid. A starting position certainly not easy on a twisty track where it’s essential to stay close with the other riders in the early laps of the race.


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The major difficulties of Bautista, whose best lap has been 1’21”906, emerged with the new tyres: aboard his Honda RC213V machine, in fact, Alvaro failed to exploit the potential grip offered by the new tyres and consequently was stuck behind in tenth place. However, the Spaniard showed a good race pace during the fourth and final free practice session, so the team is confident ahead of the scheduled 30-lap race.

Aboard the Honda RCV1000R, Scott Redding missed his very first entry into the Qualifying 2 for just 32 thousandths of a second: in Qualifying 1 the English rookie signed a good 1’22”436, which though was not enough to get into the decisive session that establishes the first 12 grid positions and tomorrow he will start from 14th place.

ALVARO BAUTISTA (10th - 1'21"906)
“Today we worked a lot to find some more rear grip, because yesterday we have been struggling a lot with that; this morning we found something which helped me to be more comfortable and during FP4 we wanted to try another setting in order to improve further, but unfortunately we couldn’t do it due to the bad weather. In Qualifying we continue to struggle when we put the new tyre: I don’t know why, but I have exactly the same feeling when I use either the new or the used tyre. This is not a good sign, obviously. However, in FP4 with used tyres I managed to keep a good pace, so I remain confident for tomorrow’s race, but when you start from the back it’s always difficult to stay with the front group. Anyway, we have to work to improve our performance with the new tyres, because if we have a good rhythm but we can’t start from the front of the grid, it’s quite difficult to make a good result”.

SCOTT REDDING (14th - 1'22"436)
“Today we had a good opportunity to go to the Qualifying 2, but at the beginning of Qualifying 1 I made a wrong decision with the front tyre: I went out with the soft front tyre and I felt a lot of movement, so I came back to the pits to go out with the harder one, which was better, and doing so I lost some precious time in the beginning. Moreover, if we check my ideal time, my best lap time would have been three tenths faster: in my best lap I lost most of the time in the first sector. Tomorrow it’s going to be a long and demanding race, we have to see what happens: we will use the rear soft tyre; regarding the front tyre, it will depend on the weather conditions”.

“I’m half happy and half disappointed about the result of this Qualifying day: on the one hand, once again Bautista struggled to exploit the potential of the new tyres, and as a result he will start from the fourth row of the grid. It won’t be easy, it’s clear, although it must be said that Alvaro can count on a good race pace. On the other hand, Redding did a great job, posting very interesting lap times. Too bad that he just missed the Qualifying 2 for a few thousandths of a second: it would have been the first time for him. In any case, the important thing is that Scott is putting in a lot of determination and commitment”.

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