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Bautista third fastest on opening day

Bautista third fastest on opening day

Aboard the GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V Alvaro Bautista closed Friday’s Monster Energy Grand Prix de France practice sessions in third position, behind championship leader Marc Marquez and Andrea Iannone.

The Spaniard, who showed his speed during the morning session held in lower temperatures, confirmed himself among the fastest riders in the afternoon, improving his best lap time by one second between the two sessions.

Bautista commented “I’m very happy because we worked very well throughout the day and this afternoon we managed to improve my feeling with the bike. In the first free practice session the bike was a little too nervous on corner entry, while in the second session we managed to make it smoother.”

“I completed 35 laps with a soft rear tyre and its performance was pretty consistent, so I think that the choice for the race is already quite defined. Now we just have to try to improve our pace slightly.”

His teammate Scott Redding, who had a small crash in the afternoon as he lost the front, set the 17th fastest time, just under half a second off from Nicky Hayden’s Open Class Honda RCV1000R, to which the Briton believes he can further close the gap.

Redding stated, “Today we had some problem with front grip, and I had a small crash this afternoon due to that, but everything is okay. I feel already quite happy with the bike, but like in Jerez, the work on the electronics is taking time; we are a little bit closer to our rivals than the last Grand Prix, so we just need to keep working in the right direction.”

MotoGP, 2014, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Alvaro Bautista, Scott Redding, GO&FUN Honda Gresini

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