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Redding Makes Promising Start In Indianapolis. Bautista Chasing Grip
Posted by: newsla on Aug 09, 2014 - 06:25 AM
Redding Makes Promising Start In Indianapolis. Bautista Chasing Grip

After a summer break of nearly a month, the Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini was back on track today for the first two practice sessions of the Indianapolis Grand Prix; on a revised and resurfaced track, Scott Redding and Alvaro Bautista set at the end of the day the 12th and the 14th fastest time respectively.


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Seventh fastest in the morning session, Scott Redding maintained a good pace also in the afternoon by signing a time of 1’33”917, no less than one second faster than the closest of the other Open Class Honda machines. Tomorrow, before fighting for the qualifying, the English rookie will focus on the tyre life ahead of Sunday’s race.

His teammate Alvaro Bautista was not able to go beyond the 14th position with a time of 1’34”054: the Spanish complained about rear grip issues, which at the moment don’t allow for the time to ride to the best his Factory spec Honda RC213V.

ALVARO BAUTISTA (14th - 1'34"054)
“Today we have been struggling and basically we’re having the same problems we had in the last few races: I have no grip at the rear, and the tyre seems moving everywhere, sliding also on corner entry; for me it’s quite difficult to ride the bike in this condition. Anyway, we are working and hopefully tomorrow I will have a better feeling in order to improve my lap times; the gap to the other riders is not so big, but at the moment I can’t ride in a comfortable way. Regarding the new track layout, I think that is really good, because before there was some tricky corners that now are more suited to our bikes. Also the new surface is really good and it offers a lot of grip”.

SCOTT REDDING (12th - 1'33"971)
“This morning was nice, I felt immediately quite comfortable even though the track was a bit slippery. I knew that the other guys would have been faster in the afternoon, but also in the second session we made a good lap time, having been one second faster than the second placed Open Class Honda, and we kept a really goop pace. Now we just need to work on the tyre life, because I think that here everyone is truggling to make the tyres last, since the new surface is quite abrasive. However, we have some good ideas to figure it out, and I also need to work on my riding style to save tyres. Anyway, we will try to work on it tomorrow during FP3. Regarding the new track layout, I like especially the last corner because you exit it with much more speed than before”.

“Today Redding was a very nice surprise: apart from his final lap time, Scott made the difference compared to the other Production Racer bikes and he’s been consistently fast. It’s a good sign for the rest of the weekend. On the other hand, there is disappointment for Bautista: Alvaro couldn’t get a good feeling with the bike, both with the hard and with the soft tyre, and consequently he didn’t get good lap times. Now we will try to analyze the situation to understand the cause of this problem, to make sure that Alvaro can ride his bike in the best possible way”.

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