Front-end woes continue to haunt Bautista

Friday, 12 October 2012

As the San Carlo Honda Gresini team headed out on track for the first day of practice at Motegi, Álvaro Bautista continued to struggle with a jumping front end.

Unfortunately for Bautista he was unable to make the most of the conditions and solve a recurring front-end problem, a lack of confidence under braking not making life any easier around this particular circuit. Michele Pirro suffered similar problems today and like Alvaro he needs to work with his engineers to find a more stable set-up for the many hard-braking points at this track.

Álvaro Bautista

"We haven't found what we are looking for here yet. This morning we tried a different shock and forks but the problem with the front vibrating under heavy braking remains. We went a different way this afternoon to try and improve stability but the solution didn't come. Unfortunately it means that I don't have the confidence I need to push the bike into the corners as I would like at this track. Today we used the hard tyre and the grip wasn't great so we'll evaluate the soft tomorrow and make our choice. The main focus though will be to improve the vibrations on the front."

Michele Pirro

"This is a track where you need good stability under braking and we need to improve in this area. Two dry sessions today has given us a lot of data to work from so we will try to improve the situation and be more competitive tomorrow."

Press release courtesy of San Carol Honda Gresini.

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