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Arm pump makes practice ‘impossible for Bautista

"It was an impossible practice" - Alvaro Bautista
Rizla Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista finished first practice for the season-opening Qatar MotoGP in just 16th position after suffering arm-pump problems.

The arm-pump was caused by a new brake system and brand new gloves – both required after his huge 250km/h crash in Monday's test.

The situation did not improve during the remainder of the short 45-minute session and Bautista's best time was over 1.5 seconds behind his best test lap.

“The words I want to say cannot be used in a press release!” said Bautista. “It was an impossible practice because we wanted to try a different setting, but I had a problem with the front brake feeling right from the beginning.

After that I also had some pain in my right arm – which was probably because I had new gloves on and they were too tight – so I wasn't able to ride like I can. At the end I used the other bike, but the problem hadn't gone away. I think we need to forget today and concentrate on tomorrow because we have two more practices to improve things.”



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rick65

March 18, 2011 2:40 AM

What a bad start to a race weekend+ but then 250 is very fast to fall at and not have any physical repercussions. Hope Bautista solves the problem and gets the most that he can out out the Suzuki, possibly around the end of the top 10 - he deserves it.



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