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Team Go&Fun Honda Gresini Completes Brno Visit With Positive Monday Test
Posted by: newsla on Aug 18, 2014 - 07:51 PM
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Team Go&Fun Honda Gresini Completes Brno Visit With Positive Monday Test


The Czech Republic Grand Prix weekend came to an end today in Brno with the Monday post-race test, used by the two Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini riders, Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding, to perform various tests on their bikes’ set-up and try some material provided by Showa and Nissin.

 

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Bautista, on track until the end of the test session, completed 66 laps setting a good 1’56”806, 0.6” faster than the time obtained during the Grand Prix qualifying session. In order to regain the competitiveness lost in the recent Grands Prix, the Spaniard worked closely with Showa trying a different version of both the front fork and the rear shock. The improvement is proved by the good rhythm taken today by Bautista, who therefore will use this items for the next Grand Prix at Silverstone.

His teammate, Scott Redding, tested a new Nissin brake system, which gave him a better and smoother control when braking into corners, and also tested a new Showa front fork as well as some different suspension settings. The English rookie completed 56 laps, the best in 1’57”772.

ALVARO BAUTISTA (1'56"806 - 66 laps)
“Given that we have been struggling since the last few races, today we worked hard together with Showa trying different suspension solutions, regarding both the front fork and the rear shock. We were able to take a step forward, because my feeling is improved both on the front and on the rear: it’s a small step, but still important to find the right direction to take to return to be competitive. Today I made a lot of laps with times lower than what we achieved in the Grand Prix qualifying, which means that the improvement is real, so in the upcoming races we will adopt these solutions. We then tried new Nissin brakes, but I was not happy with that, even if I was really surprised by the performance of the larger, 340mm diameter discs, which we tested again today: they provide excellent stopping power and work well, so we could decide to use them even in other tracks in addition to Motegi”.

SCOTT REDDING (1'57"772 - 56 laps)
“Today we tried a new brake system from Nissin which works pretty well and offers a smoother control on corner entry; I’m not sure if we are going to able to use it already at Silverstone, but for sure we will push in this direction. Then we tried a new Showa front fork and a few suspension settings which felt quite good and that can help us for the upcoming races. Towards the end of the day I was struggling to make the new tyre work, though, so my lap time in the end was not great. Definitely we had something in the pocket because I set my best lap time with an old tyre. At the moment we are struggling a little bit with the cold weather and regarding the lack of edge grip we didn’t find much, but on the traction area we managed to find maybe 10-15% more traction, so I’m happy with that”.


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