MotoGP » Bautista concentrates efforts on suspension set-up

'We are making progress, but we still have a lot of work to do and our aim remains to have everything ready for the season start in Qatar - Alvaro Bautista

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RP - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 1:33 PM

I feel sorry for alvaro, with this suspension he appears to have the worst bike by a long way (bar the ducatis which have dissapointed again).
I hope he can get the suspension sorted, as a sole tester for it it cant be easy, as he is good enough to win races on decent machinery.
Honda boss needs to rethink saying Alvaro has to be better than last year, look who he lost too, Factory Hondas/Yamaha/Dovi (who apparently had a great season)
I dont see showa on any other bike (at least the prototypes). Good Luck Alvaro, you deserve your place in MotoGP and I'm confident you will deliver. :)

prof-x - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 3:26 PM

I thought he would be on Ohlins this year ????

oh well, guess like that chatter will be magnified again and you will be able to see him ride the 'jack hamma' on stiff springs.

Rowan - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 4:14 PM

Marco rode brilliantly with Showa. Bautista not that good on a MotoGP machine. Whenever he underperforms the easiest excuse for him is to blame the suspension. He is not motivating his team at all. He is another fussy rider like C. Edwards.

@Rowan - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 4:53 PM

Bautista has never had a good MotoGP machine. A failing suzuki team, and what is an almost bankrupt gresini team. And Bautista has done better than the late Simoncellis first season on a honda (from what i remember) plus Marco was on a factory supported ride in 2011, and as far as i know, that was on ohlins. But not 100% sure. And 1 pole & 3 podiums for alvaro on that wobbly front end. It looks so uncomfortable when he goes fast on it (Misano, motegi). He is without doubt though, severely underrated and hard done too.

RP - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 5:18 PM

Lets not forget that Alvaro has never been one for front row qualifying and fast times, but usually improves in the races and rarely crashed last year. Like last year though, Alvaro and Crutchlow will be aiming to put their bike on that podium, but with 4 good factory bikes out there too (amd Bradl too perhaps), and will all be in it, this could be a good year for racing fans! 1-7 could be any order in my opinion. Dont rule out anything. Except a CRT win (if they can get the new ECU to start the bike xD)

hahi - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 5:30 PM

#7 Toni Elias
#8 Alex De Angelis

#8 Marco Simoncelli
#10 Marco Melandri

#6 Marco Simoncelli
#10 Hiroshi Aoyama

#5 Alvaro Bautista

if he has supported bike he'll fight with top riders

Eduard - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 9:18 PM

"Sepang test ends. Not very happy with the feeling on the bike. At least we have some time to try to improve...".
F**king Showa.
My respect for Honda - leaves me out.


February 08, 2013 12:19 AM

As I've said before - poor old AB & Gresini are just test mules really for Honda-owned Showa suspension. Honda want their suspension to be as good as Ohlins, but aren't prepared to use their own kit on the HRC bikes and risk losing to Yamaha.

Testing restrictions mean not enough time to develop, so their answer is to hijack a struggling Gresini and force them to develop the boingy bits in actual races, and to hell with AB's career and Gresini's need for success to attract sponsorship. It's a one-way street IMO in Honda's direction.

As I've said too - when Honda customer bikes are out, you can bet they'll run Showa, and guess where the data to set them up will have come from? Thats righ folks, Honda's influence in MotoGP is a REALLY good thing! Disillusioned? You bet.

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