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Bautista happy despite engine failure

"Unfortunately we lost our first engine of the year - there was definitely no hiding from that!" – Paul Denning.
Alvaro Bautista made a solid start to the San Marino MotoGP with eighth and seventh during Friday's free practice sessions.

The Rizla Suzuki rider suffered a big engine failure along the home straight early in the afternoon, but returned to try a new swing-arm on his GSV-R.

The Spaniard finished the day one-second behind fastest man Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)

“I think we did a good job today!" said Bautista. "This morning we started at the same sort of pace that we had in qualifying last year, so that gave us a good base to begin with for the weekend.

"We wanted to test a new swinging arm in the second session and I started on the bike with the standard setting, but after three laps my engine said 'stop!' and I couldn't continue with that bike, so I jumped on the other machine - with the new swinging arm.

"The feeling was good and we were able to turn a little bit better in the corners and this is good because this is what we wanted to improve. I think we have made a step forward and now I am sure we can improve the lap-time and the rhythm. We are not so far from the first place and I am quite happy about that."

Team manager Paul Denning insisted the engine loss was not a major blow.

"Unfortunately we lost our first engine of the year - there was definitely no hiding from that!" he said of the smoke cloud. "But it was very much a Friday engine that had already covered a lot of miles so it wasn't completely unexpected. We'll just keep pushing and try to improve tomorrow, and then something special in qualifying.”

Sunday's 28-lap race it will see Bautista and the GSV-R sport a one-off limited edition 'Rizla Micron' livery.



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in.slammy - Unregistered

September 02, 2011 6:46 PM

DW, Everything in your post is incorrect. They have the same engine count and fuel as everyone else. Also, there appears to be a few hondas and yamahas behind alvaro. Stick to football or f1. It's.easier to follow

123 - Unregistered

September 02, 2011 5:31 PM

really impressed with suzuki this year, they and bautista have made great progress this year despite having by far the smallest budget of the factory teams, and the bike is not short of speed as edwards confirmed at indy. really hope they stay around next year.



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