The first day of the second Sepang test took place today in less than ideal conditions, with grip significantly affected by a car race that had taken place here last weekend.
I had a miraculous escape this morning in turn five when I basically crashed but managed to keep the bike upright on my elbow!
A heavy rainstorm then put paid to any further progress, limiting the riders' track time to just 24 laps in the case of Team San Carlo Honda Gresini's Alvaro Bautista.
Alvaro's fifteenth lap proved to be his best, stopping the clock at 2’02.959. Without any new updates to test on the bike the team concentrated on making set-up changes to their existing package as Alvaro continues to familiarise himself with the Honda RC213V.
Alvaro Bautista (2’ 02” 959 – 24 laps)
“The track surface was in poor condition and it was very difficult to push so we focused on experimenting with some different set-up solutions to increase my confidence on the 1000cc bike. The rainfall brought our day to an early conclusion because with the already precarious conditions it was better to leave everything else we had planned until tomorrow. I had a miraculous escape this morning in turn five when I basically crashed but managed to keep the bike upright on my elbow!”