After four months of virtual drought in Aragon, the rainclouds finally arrived today and it had to be on the opening day of the MotoGP World Championship’s third visit to Spain this season. Barely any riders bothered to ride in mixed conditions this morning although heavier rainfall this afternoon at least afforded them the opportunity to gather confidence with their bikes in the wet.
It was a frustrating day for Team San Carlo Honda Gresini, but it served to provide important set-up information should the rainy conditions persist tomorrow.
Alvaro Bautista (10th 2’03”263) “Another wet day! This morning we weren’t able to ride, because the conditions were half wet and half dry and it would have been useless. In the afternoon the rain got heavier and with the track completely wet it was a good opportunity to ride. We had two settings to try and we did two runs. On the first one I just got into my rhythm and then on the second I tried to build my confidence in the wet conditions, but if anything I lost it, because my feeling with the front was not good. There is more rain forecast for tomorrow, so we need to work hard on the suspension setting, because I’m also lacking some grip on the rear.”
Fausto Gresini “We have always had a few problems in the rain, but I think today was better than usual even if the lap times suggest otherwise. It was important to get some laps in, because we gathered information about where we can improve and we’re confident about tomorrow. Unfortunately there is more rain forecast for tomorrow, but we are making progress and I am sure we can improve further with both Alvaro and Michele.”
Source: Gresini Racing Press Release