Bautista’s corner entry woes continue

Bautista Brno test
Tuesday, 28 August 2012

San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista put in a significant amount of laps in Monday’s test at Brno in order to fix his issue with front end feel on corner entry.

Unlike the Honda’s of the official Respol Hondas of Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa or that of LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl, all kitted out with Ohlins suspension, Bautista’s machine is kitted out with Showa suspension. And it was this area which received all the team’s attention, and that of three Showa technicians for the whole 62 laps the Spainard put in.

Bautista finshed the test in sixth, the same position as he had in the race the day before, and was still unhappy with the bike’s front-end feel, sighting a continual lack of trust when turning in. He did however state that the test was not in vain, as the team did find some positives, which he believes will give them a little boost once they head back out on track for the Misano race on the 16 September.

Álvaro Bautista

"During the day we worked a lot because we have had a problem all season, especially on corner entry, as the bike jumps a lot. We were focussing on resolving this problem and tried many many things from Showa, but we didn’t find what we want. On the other hand we found some small details that can help us in the future, but the big problem we have is still not resolved. The team and me put in some hard work today but we didn’t find what we expected."

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