Alvaro Bautista put in a strong showing to come home sixth in the Gran Premio bwin de España, overtaking Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow but eventually dropping back behind the Englishman. The Spaniard has placed emphasis on rear end grip as the area in which GO&FUN Honda Gresini must improve.
Álvaro Bautista has discovered a renewed optimism for the 2013 MotoGP™ season, having signed a fresh two-year deal with GO&FUN Honda Gresini that takes him through to the end of 2014. With several doubts now out of his mind, the Spaniard is able to mix development work with his passion to succeed.
Álvaro Bautista will start from eighth on the grid at Losail, having been one of the 12 riders to reach Q2 under the new MotoGP™ qualifying regulations. However the GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider is still looking to improve his bike’s handling.
Now keen to test at a different circuit after much pre-season running at Sepang, Álvaro Bautista has been highly encouraged by GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s continuous progressions. The Spaniard placed as high as fourth on Thursday and ends the week sixth overall, less than eight tenths of a second off the leading pace.
Álvaro Bautista had hoped to run new front forks from Öhlins when MotoGP™ testing continued at Sepang on Tuesday. The GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider, who ended the day seventh fastest, was forced to place that particular plan on hold because of the Malaysian weather.