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Bautista confident despite Turn 2 slip-up

Bautista confident despite Turn 2 slip-up

Alvaro Bautista was impressed by the levels of grip yielded by Phillip Island’s new surface as the MotoGP™ field took to the track in free practice on Friday. However, the Spaniard did suffer a small scare at the Southern Loop.

The GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider finished second in the afternoon and third on the combined timesheets for Day 1, behind Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo and Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez.

“It happened at Turn 2,” Bautista explained of his incident. “That corner is so strange because the inside kerb ends but the corner keeps going. With the MotoGP™ bikes, we keep turning after the kerb and I got very close to the outside of the track. I lost the rear a little bit which made the front go off the track, so I crashed. Fortunately, nothing happened to me so I was okay to come back to the box and get the other bike.”

He went on to discuss the new surface.

“It’s like another track,” Bautista began to sum up. “I remember there was less grip last year and it was too bumpy, you were risking it everywhere. We enjoyed riding today – the asphalt is much, much better and I am quite happy with the feeling of our bike from this morning and this afternoon.”

In 2012, Bautista finished the Australian Grand Prix in fifth position.


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