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Fifth Row Start For Bautista And Redding At The Czech Republic Grand Prix
Posted by: newsla on Aug 16, 2014 - 05:33 PM
Fifth Row Start For Bautista And Redding At The Czech Republic Grand Prix

The Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini endured a tough day today at Brno: Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding were not able to enter the Qualifying 2 session, which decides the first twelve positions on the starting grid, and therefore tomorrow they will start side by side from the fifth row with the 14th and the 15th fastest time, respectively.


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A fall during FP4, just before the Qualifying 1, prevented Bautista to use the bike with which he had achieved a better feeling thanks to a slight change in the chassis geometry. With the second bike Alvaro set a lap time of 1’57”428, closing the Q1 in fourth place.

His teammate, Scott Redding, however, thanks to the fifth place in Q1 (1’57”557) resulted the best among the riders aboard the Open Class Honda RCV1000R, although the English rookie was more in trouble this afternoon than the rest of weekend, complaining about problems with rear grip and on corner entry.

ALVARO BAUTISTA (14th - 1'57"428)
“Today I crashed in FP4, just before the Qualifying 1 session: when I started to brake, I lost the front end immediately. I don’t know if there was something strange on the track surface, but I saw that Rossi crashed in front of me in the same way. Luckily I haven’t sustained big injuries. Before the crash we tried a different chassis geometry on my first bike, which helped me to get more rear grip, but then after the crash I had to make the Qualifying 1 with the second bike, with the old set-up, so I couldn’t improve a lot my lap times. The qualifying was not good, but with the new set-up we have been a little bit more competitive during FP4, so I’m confident ahead of tomorrow’s race: we will try to make a good start and then to keep our pace, that is not too bad”.

SCOTT REDDING (15th - 1'57"557)
“Today was difficult, because I don’t have a good feeling with the bike; I’m struggling with edge grip and also rear traction, so it was quite difficult for me to feel comfortable. I also had a crash in FP4 , therefore I didn’t have a great feeling going into qualifying; we still did not a bad job, anyway, but I need to be more consistent for the race tomorrow. We need to find something which can give me more feeling under braking and corner entry and also to find more rear grip”.

“Unfortunately, today we were not able to enter the second Qualifying session neither with Bautista nor with Redding: we knew that it would be difficult for Scott, but it’s obvious that we need to find a way to be more competitive with Alvaro, because we are performing below our expectations . Obviously there are some problems to be solved and we are trying to do it; moreover, the fall in the FP4 has certainly not helped. Tomorrow we expect a very tough race. Speaking about Redding, Scott was yet again the fastest 'Production Racer' machine, so from this point of view we have achieved our goal”.

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