MotoGP » Bautista takes charge in soaking session


Alvaro Bautista leads a wet Friday practice (2) for the Valencia MotoGP.

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Roland Robinson - Unregistered

November 04, 2011 2:32 PM

@Pam : May I remind you that the Suzuki was developed by wet weather expert Chris Vermulen...I have ridden the 2008 GSV-R at Donington and I sure know that beasts grips like there is no tomorrow.It also depends at what time did he go to the track....if it was all-wet,the rain tyres did justic to him. I suppose the others went after the track dried a bit,and the rain tyres must have slid....

Roland Robinson - Unregistered

November 04, 2011 3:08 PM

Bautista stays with Suzuki with the 800, RdP will go to LCR next year. The Suzuki is a well sorted bike for the rains. It is usually the Yamahas or Hondas which lose their front ends at the time (read Sic,Lorenzo at Silverstone,Pedrosa so many times and Spies in Esotril practice).

Southerner

November 04, 2011 3:13 PM

I doubt Suzuki will even role out a factory bike for Monday testing. Having said that, Roland hit the nail on the head. The Suz has been notoriously crap in cold weather when its dry. The Ducati,this year at least, has shown huge promise in the wet.
Too many variables today to draw conclusions.
I for one would have no complaints about a wet race.
The weather forecast must be playing hell with the teams.
Sunny tomorrow,possibly wet on Sunday.
I suspect a mixed Sunday. Loris timed it to perfection in 2007 Motegi. I hope he has a great and memorable weekend.
Conditions and decisions may well determine the final result GP800 Circa 2011. As ever,look forward to it :)

kirk66 - Unregistered

November 04, 2011 3:47 PM

Did anyone notice the guy with NO GP experience putting around in 10th in the wet? I said Hayes has a shot at 10-13th if he doesn't bin the bike. Considering the obsticles I still believe it's possible to achieve that. Not bad for an old dude in unfamiliar territory and on unfamiliar machinery.

RocketR1

November 04, 2011 4:27 PM

It will be a real shame if suzuki pulls out of MotoGP, I beleave they have a very good chance at cracking the podiem next season with Bautista as there pilot,he has shown huge improvement in the second half of the season. Still think Hayes will place in the top 10..hopefully Spies is ok, he's had it tough the last couple of races.

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