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Bautista battles rear wheel grip issues in Australia

'We have a lot of work to do with the electronics and suspension but as far as the base is concerned we think we have the right setting to work from' - Alvaro Bautista
Alvaro Bautista was sixth fastest overall at Phillip Island on the Gresini Honda despite encountering his fair share of set-up problems with the RCV.

Bautista was unable to utilise the full power of the 1000cc prototype due to rear traction issues and changes made by the team in the afternoon failed to have the desired effect.

However, Bautista – whose best lap of 1m 31.616s was just 0.158 behind the Yamaha of Andrea Dovizioso – is confident he has a strong base setting to work from as the Spaniard attempts to improve suspension and electronics settings on Saturday.

“We worked intensively today on the base setting of the bike but ran into a problem this morning with the rear end moving around a lot in corner exit, which meant I couldn't use the full range of power because the bike was too nervous,” he said.

“We changed a few things in the afternoon to try and solve this issue but if anything we made it worse so we had to go back a step.

“We have a lot of work to do with the electronics and suspension but as far as the base is concerned we think we have the right setting to work from.”




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petrolbonce

October 26, 2012 11:59 AM
Last Edited 535 days ago

The media machine demands comments from every rider after every session and tends to publish these comments as stories even if they are not really worthy. Sometimes they can even make it look like riders are being arrogant, when they're not. The comments from Dovi and Bautista are classic examples. Here we have two riders separated by less than a fifth of a second. Both citing setup problems, one front one rear, and saying that with those issues sorted they could go faster. Taken in isolation you could believe either of them. Taken together you realise the picture is more complex. What if they both sort their issues and go faster? What if only one of them does? What if neither does? What if everybody else goes faster? What if somebody wrote a proper insightful piece rather than just regurgitating press releases as individual "stories"?



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