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Aragon test gives Bautista fresh impetus

'I want to redeem myself after the disappointment of Barcelona, so I can't wait for that' - Alvaro Bautista
Alvaro Bautista has taken heart from a positive test at Aragon, where the Gresini Honda rider was impressed with the new forks he tested on his RCV.

Bautista also gave the thumbs-up to a new Showa rear shock and has vowed to make up for the disappointment of another DNF at Catalunya at next weekend's Dutch TT at Assen.

“Last year at the Aragón circuit we had particular difficulties riding, but after this test I feel confident about it,” said Bautista.

“I am satisfied with the new forks, because I didn't have any annoying chatter with them, and the rear shock has given me a lot of confidence.

“The new Nissin brakes are performing very well too.

“Overall it was a positive day which bodes well for the future – starting with the next race at Assen,” he added.

“I want to redeem myself after the disappointment of Barcelona, so I can't wait for that.”

Bautista completed a total of 72 laps at Aragon, clocking a best time of 1m 49.9s.

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June 21, 2013 4:25 PM

Gammagamma is on the right page for sure - we could do with a lot more fans 'getting it' IMO. As for Bautista.... well he's not getting a fair shake. He's out there basically developing the parts and data that will feed into Honda's 2014 'customer' bikes for sure. He has (Honda owned) Showa suspension where the rest have Ohlins. He has Nissin brakes where the rest have Brembo's. Bautista is running a Honda test mule in the races to collate data and set-up for HRC. So he's on a hiding to nothing (again) having to find a set-up with kit no-one else is using while also trying to compete and get results. If he over-rides it now and then we can hardly be surprised, and he's far from the slowest talent out there when things go his way. Wait and see what forks/shock/brakes etc. the Honda customer bikes run nest season - they'll be the same stuff, and guess who's data will be used to set them up? But then again - far easier for couch cretins to just dump on the guy eh?

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