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Bautista: “We put in a lot of short sessions”

Bautista: “We put in a lot of short sessions”

Electronics the focus for Alvaro Bautista with the 2015 Lab bike at the Sepang test.

Three days of testing at the Sepang International circuit concluded with Alvaro Bautista completing 132 laps on his Aprilia Racing Team Gresini machine, setting a best time of 2’02.876, putting him 21st overall. With no 2016 bike to test, both Bautista and Stefan Bradl used the three days in Malaysia to run extensive tests on their 2015 machines to further their understanding of the Michelin tyres and the Magenti Marelli tyres, both new in 2016. Aprilia’s new RS-GP looks set to debut in February during a series of private tests in Aragon and Qatar. Despite disappointing times, Bautista and Aprilia leave the test satisfied with their progress, having made a significant step with both the electronics and tyres.

Alvaro Bautista: “We did a lot of work over these three days, especially on the electronics. We put in a lot of short sessions to give our technicians a change to analyse a large quantity of small changes, gathering information which will then be analysed at home. There is still a lot to do. For the tyres I'm beginning to learn the characteristics and the feeling has greatly improved. After riding for my entire MotoGP career on a certain type of tyre it took some time to adapt. I can't wait to get to Doha where there will be more days of hard work but with the important motivation of the new bike.”

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