Gresini pair battle with wet weather at Aragón

Friday, 28 September 2012

Alvaro Bautista was tenth fastest on the first day at the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón, whilst his San Carlo Honda Gresini colleague Michele Pirro finished 17th on the timesheet in FP2.

After four months of virtual drought in Aragón the rainclouds finally arrived on Friday and it had to be on the opening day of the MotoGP World Championship's third visit to Spain this season.

Barely any riders bothered to ride in mixed conditions in the morning although heavier rainfall this afternoon at least afforded them the opportunity to gather confidence with their bikes in the wet. It was a frustrating day for Team San Carlo Honda Gresini but it served to provide important set-up information should the rainy conditions persist tomorrow.

Alvaro Bautista

“Another wet day! This morning we weren't able to ride because the conditions were half wet and half dry and it would have been useless. In the afternoon the rain got heavier and with the track completely wet it was a good opportunity to ride. We had two settings to try and we did two runs. On the first one I just got into my rhythm and then on the second I tried to build my confidence in the wet conditions but if anything I lost it because my feeling with the front was not good. There is more rain forecast for tomorrow so we need to work hard on the suspension setting because I'm also lacking some grip on the rear.”

Michele Pirro

“Unfortunately the first session was a total waste of time because of the mixed conditions whilst in the second session we were able to get some work done. I am struggling to get a feeling with this bike in the wet so it was important to get some laps in with more rain forecast for tomorrow. Luckily we found out what things we need to change and hopefully tomorrow we can have a bike that will allow me to push harder and close the gap to the top CRT.”

Press release courtesy of San Carlo Honda Gresini

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