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Tough qualifying sees Bautista with work to do

Tough qualifying sees Bautista with work to do

Rizla Suzuki’s Álvaro Bautista will start Saturday’s Dutch TT from the fifth row of the grid after qualifying in 14th place at Assen today.

Bautista struggled to get the grip he was looking for from his Suzuki GSV-R around the 4,542m Dutch circuit, especially through the fast left-handers towards the end of the lap. He worked with his crew to find a solution, both during this morning’s extended practice session and in this afternoon’s qualifying. He did make steps throughout the qualifying session and improved his time by over two seconds from his morning’s best, but was still disappointed with the day’s events.

Álvaro Bautista:
“I’m not happy with today at all! I have had a rear grip problem all day, especially entering the left corners - but really over the whole track. We worked hard to get the bike more grip, but still I struggled and this affected my confidence because I couldn’t enter the corners like I want. This was causing me to lose too much speed on the entry and then gave me problems in the exit. I don’t feel very comfortable on the bike and we’re going to try something in tomorrow’s warm-up, to give me a better feeling. It has been a difficult weekend so far and losing the practice yesterday was tough because I think if we had had that, it might have helped us to find a solution. We have a chance to try something tomorrow morning, but we also have to watch the weather because it looks like it could be wet. We certainly need to do something to resolve this grip issue, because I thought we would move forward at this race after the result in Silverstone and I really wanted to do well here.”

MotoGP, 2011, IVECO TT ASSEN, Alvaro Bautista, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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