15 August 2014
MotoGP Brno: Bautista ‘disaster’, Redding top Open Honda
"This situation is frustrating because I really can't do anything: I simply can't ride" - Alvaro Bautista.
Alvaro Bautista's mid-season MotoGP misery continued at Brno on Friday.
The Spaniard, who has not finished higher than seventh since a podium at Le Mans in May, was 15th fastest in the dry session and only 18th in the wet.
“Here we have the same situation of Indianapolis: we have zero feeling from the rear tyre, and due to this I'm struggling also with the front end; I cannot enter the corner as fast as I want, the rear is sliding everytime,” said Bautista.
“This situation is frustrating because I really can't do anything: I simply can't ride. During the second free practice session, we had the same problems in the wet.
“This afternoon we wanted to test some set-up adjustments for dry conditions, but it was impossible, so today was a disaster. We will try to work on the suspension setting tomorrow, in order to find something which can help us”.
Once again ahead of Bautista was his rookie Open class team-mate Scott Redding, expected to take over Bautista's RC213V in 2015. The Briton was 13th in the dry and 11th in the wet, a session that marked his MotoGP debut in full wet conditions.
“I'm happy with this morning's free practice session on the dry, because this is a difficult track for me and also for Honda I think, but actually I felt immediately pretty good. I used the same tyres all the session and I made my fastest lap on the last run, and this is also very good.
“Finally in the afternoon I had the opportunity to test the bike in full rain conditions: I was a bit nervous and also a bit scared, let me say… However, actually it was not bad, and confidence came quite quickly. This is good because now we have some data and we can work a little bit more on the setting for wet conditions.
“It was the first time for me with full wet and I think it was not bad because I was again the fastest Open Honda, like in the dry. Tomorrow I would like to close a little bit the gap to the group of bikes in front of me, because there is still a big gap, even if it will be difficult because on this track you need power in a lot of places”.
Unlike the other Honda MotoGP riders, Redding and Bautista use Showa (instead of Ohlins) suspension.
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