MotoGP » Gresini suggests ‘major change’ to turn Bautista fortunes

Fausto Gresini says a 'major change' may be in order to bring a struggling Alvaro Bautista up to speed on the Go&Fun Gresini Honda.

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August 12, 2014 6:55 PM

johnny13: My understanding is that part of the negotiations with SR are to get onto Ohlins and brembo's for next season so he can compete on similar machinery.

But then that was from MCN and lets face it recent front page news has not led me to believe anything they say lol.

It may well be.
Note that the latest Fireblade SP has Ohlins & Brembo's. It does appear that Honda has recognised that the Showa kit isn't up to the same level, even though they actually own the company!


August 13, 2014 5:05 AM

Chopper51: Who knows, maybe the satellite bikes aren't as close to the Honda Factory bikes as we are made to believe? Both Bautista and Bradl are having a terrible season this year!

On a similar train of thought.......Pedrosa isnt exactly setting the GP world on fire either.......just an observation

Agree he with the immediate above point. Lets understand one thing - there are many factors which makes bike/rider goes faster.

1. Talent
2. Set up.
3. even though right set up front end feeling.
4. Luck

I dont know the distribution of it, however all these are needed in which first two will take major proportions. Bautista as per me is struggling with Showa front end also I do see he is not able to smooth out his riding sytle nor he is in full control while entering a corner. If you recollect 125 and 250 he was a extremely smooth rider with terrific pace.

Now Bradl, Simply I put it to his Riding style. I some how suspect


August 15, 2014 1:28 AM

It looks like changing the setup drastically is the best bet. They have been trying all year to get this stupid new bike to work with the new tires and new suspension. Remember he was getting faster last year and the start of this year, and the prod Honda is based on that years bike and Redding has softer tyres to use that maybe.

It's strange to watch because if somebody gives Bautista some rear grip he's up there fighting top 5 and podiums, without it he's sliding around in 7-12th place. My opinion is they have received a bad batch of Showa updates (as the nissin brakes look to be fine now that only Bautista is playing with them instead of having Bradls input too) and also the new tires aren't exactly comfortable for a bunch of riders.


August 12, 2014 7:03 PM

Honda don't own Showa anymore.... They sold their controlling stake in 2008....
Redding is the lead open Honda and all the others are using ohlins, so that knocks that theory a little...Tom Sykes is dominating wsbk with Showa against everyone using ohlins...
Simoncelli use to run with nissin brakes and it never slowed him down...
Blaming these two companies for bautistas bad results is wrong ...

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