The heavy grey clouds hanging over the Motorland circuit in Aragon held firm this afternoon to provide the first dry session of the weekend in qualifying. For Alvaro Bautista it proved to be his worst qualifying performance of the season, with the team having been denied the opportunity to find a good dry setting for the bike in free practice.
Bautista was the only RC213V rider not to take part in the Aragon tests a few weeks ago and that lack of dry track time today cost the Spaniard who ended up 12th fastest. Like many riders he struggled to find grip on the slippery surface and he wasn’t prepared to push over the limit and risk a crash.
Tomorrow’s warm-up will be crucial for the Spaniard to make improvements and gain confidence ahead of what promises to be a tough race.
Alvaro Bautista (12th 1’51”155) “This afternoon was our only dry session so far and I didn’t have a good feeling with the bike. I wasn’t confident with the front and the rear was sliding around too much. We couldn’t find a solution for qualifying and it was my worst one of the season so far. Hopefully tomorrow with dry track and higher temperatures we can find the confidence to put in a good performance.”
Fausto Gresini “After such a great result at Misano today’s qualifying was a disappointment for Alvaro. The three wet sessions so far have limited our opportunity to find a good setting for the bike and unfortunately he is struggling for confidence on the front and rear. Tomorrow with a bit of sunshine and some higher temperatures as well as some changes to the bike from the mechanics he should be able to improve his confidence in the warm-up and make up positions in the race.”
Sources: Gresini Racing / Honda Pro Racing