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Bautista rounds off day one in top five

Bautista rounds off day one in top five

The Rizla Suzuki rider made excellent progress in the first practice session at Sepang.

Rizla Suzuki’s Álvaro Bautista recorded the fifth fastest time during the first practice session at a sweltering Sepang on Friday.

Bautista made the most of having previous experience on a MotoGP machine at Sepang – one of the few tracks that he will visit this year with that knowledge – to put himself firmly amongst the early contenders for this weekend’s race. He is still looking to improve the settings of his Suzuki GSV-R tomorrow, but today’s performance was certainly his best first day of the season so far and puts him in a confident mood for the rest of the weekend.

Álvaro Bautista – 5th

“I am happy today because we have had a good first practice, it was important that we were able to start with a good setting because we already had a good reference point from the winter tests. It was helpful to have that base setting, but today the conditions were much different from the test and I felt like I had less grip from the rear tyre. I started with the harder rear, but it did seem difficult to get the feel I wanted. I tried both my bikes with different settings and I preferred the second one because it was easier to ride. I put a soft tyre in at the end and did a few laps with that and set a good time. We are still a bit away from the lap-time at the winter test, so we have to improve on many things to get the bike where we want it. We have hard work ahead of us tomorrow and I want to say a big thank-you to all my team, because they have started the weekend very well and we must continue like that.”

Rizla Suzuki press release


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