Alvaro Bautista

Alvaro Bautista

this test was important for understanding and taking forward our ideas for the next few GPs

After the post-race test at Montmeló this Monday, the Team San Carlo Honda Gresini riders moved on to Alcaniz for another outing on track this Wednesday. An uncharacteristically oppressive heat took track temperatures all the way up to 60°, with air temperature in the mid-30s. Nevertheless, both riders put in laps to continue their work from the previous test, with Alvaro Bautista racking up 56 laps and Michele Pirro 51. The latter was the fastest CRT on the timesheets today.

Alvaro Bautista (7th 1’50.294 lap 56)
“It felt like we were in Africa with the heat on track today! Our job was definitely not easy out there. Unfortunately, the conditions slowed us down a little and we weren’t quite able to work as we had planned –or as we had done at the positive test in Barcelona. The conditions were really out of the ordinary, on a track which also has some special characteristics which made things awkward. In any case, this test was important for understanding and taking forward our ideas for the next few GPs. We weren’t as fast as at Montmeló, but we are satisfied and are confident about Silverstone.”

Michele Pirro (11th 1’52.452 51 laps)
“Today was made very difficult by the heat. But, besides this intense heat, we got on with our work and moved forward with what we had begun at Montmeló, continuing a positive trend. We were the fastest CRT on track, managing to be very consistent at race pace, but above all we had a clear idea of what we were doing and were on the right path. My feeling with the bike keeps improving with every lap and I can feel this positive progress. Fortunately, we won’t have the kind of temperatures at Silverstone that we have had here at Alcaniz, because that was really tough today.”

1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing 1:49.187 - - 59
2 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing 1:49.442 +0.255 +0.255 57
3 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:49.687 +0.245 +0.500 67
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:49.887 +0.200 +0.700 54
5 Hector BARBERA Pramac Racing Team 1:50.196 +0.309 +1.009 64
6 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team 1:50.204 +0.008 +1.017 66
7 Alvaro BAUTISTA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:50.294 +0.090 +1.107 56
8 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team 1:50.369 +0.075 +1.182 78
9 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda 1:51.146 +0.777 +1.959 72
10 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing 1:51.977 +0.831 +2.790 19
11 Michele PIRRO San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:52.452 +0.475 +3.265 51
12 Yonny HERNANDEZ Avintia Racing MotoGP 1:52.502 +0.050 +3.315 64
13 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:52.589 +0.087 +3.402 53
14 Ivan SILVA Avintia Racing MotoGP 1:53.929 +1.340 +4.742 69

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