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Bautista: “The rear end performance is already quite good”

Bautista: “The rear end performance is already quite good”

After two days of testing with Michelin tyres in Valencia, Alvaro Bautista reveals there is still work to be done.

Front end feeling proved to be a major concern for all of the MotoGP™ World Championship riders as they made the switch from Bridgestone to the new Michelin tyres. The Bridgestone’s strongest area was the front feeling, riders able to brake hard into the corners and at extreme angles but the Michelin’s are not constructed this way, their strength found in the high grip rear tyre. It is not just down to Michelin to alter the tyre, both the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini and Alvaro Bautista need to make alterations, especially in terms of riding style. Bautista suffered several falls during the two days of testing, but was unhurt and able to re-join testing soon after.

A 1’32.847 saw the Spaniard end the two days of testing down in 21st place, but he was able to set times relatively close to his race pace from the Valencia GP. Both Bautista and Bradl were still running the 2015 development RS-GP, Aprilia planning to debut the all new 2016 edition at the Sepang test in early February. The new model will be a full prototype machine, not based off a production model as in 2015. Alongside new tyres, 2016 will also see the introduction of a single electronic package for the entire MotoGP™ grid.

Alvaro Bautista: “These were two very intense days with the big change being the tyres and we still need to do a lot of work on them. The rear end performance is already quite good, but there is still a lot of room for improvement on the feeling with the front end. We will definitely have to change a lot both in terms of settings on the bike and riding style. To take the best advantage of the new tyres you have to favour braking with the bike straight. They have different characteristics compared to what we were accustomed to and it will take time to find the right compromise.”


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