Bautista paces testing in Qatar

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Sunday 9th March, 2014 - 9:33am

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Alvaro Bautista stood atop of the Qatar test

Alvaro Bautista stood atop of the Qatar test

Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista has outpaced his rivals on the second day of the MotoGP Qatar test by over three-tenths of a second.

With the Factory squads of Honda, Yamaha and Ducati away, Bautista’s time of 1:55.194 put him two-tenths ahead of Aleix Espargaro fastest time on the opening day of the Qatar test under lights.

The Spanish rider, who was also on the pace last week in Sepang testing, worked with his team to overcome the front end problems he experienced at the desert circuit in 2013. He completed 55 laps on his Honda RC213V on Saturday and will aim to stay ahead of the pack on Sunday.

Behind Bautista on the timesheet Stefan Bradl was second quickest. The German LCR Honda rider is not testing new parts in Qatar, but is focusing on perfecting his set-up for round one of the World Championship and looking for some added grip to drop a further few tenths.

Aleix Espargaro was again the quickest Yamaha representative in third place. He was unable to match his best time from day one as he worked more towards a race set-up and the final day is sure to see him and others run full Grand Prix simulations.

Completing the top five were Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro.

Pramac Racing’s Yonny Hernandez had an eventful day, pulling up with a technical issue at one point and later crashing after losing the front end, though his spill was without serious consequence and he finished the day 1.3s off Bautista.

Testing at Losail concludes on Sunday before all the teams return in less than a fortnight for the opening round of the 2014 season.

TESTING: Losail – Qatar – Day 2 

Pos

Rider

Team

Fastest lap

Lead. Gap

Prev. Gap

Laps

1 BAUTISTA, Alvaro GO&FUN Honda Gresini 1:55.194 18 / 55
2 BRADL, Stefan LCR Honda MotoGP 1:55.508 0.314 0.314 33 / 51
3 ESPARGARO, Aleix NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:55.586 0.392 0.078 31 / 32
4 SMITH, Bradley Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:55.627 0.433 0.041 58 / 62
5 ESPARGARO, Pol Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:55.876 0.682 0.249 28 / 66
6 IANNONE, Andrea Pramac Racing 1:56.026 0.832 0.150 39 / 51
7 EDWARDS, Colin NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:56.289 1.095 0.263 17 / 32
8 HERNANDEZ, Yonny Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 1:56.480 1.286 0.191 23 / 36
9 HAYDEN, Nicky Drive M7 Aspar 1:56.923 1.729 0.443 27 / 63
10 REDDING, Scott GO&FUN Honda Gresini 1:57.154 1.960 0.231 26 / 47
11 AOYAMA, Hiroshi Drive M7 Aspar 1:57.281 2.087 0.127 52 / 55
12 ABRAHAM, Karel Cardion AB Motoracing 1:57.728 2.534 0.447 37 / 37
13 PARKES, Broc Paul Bird Motorsport 1:57.730 2.536 0.002 17 / 24
14 BARBERA, Hector Avintia Racing 1:57.738 2.544 0.008 37 / 44
15 LAVERTY, Michael Paul Bird Motorsport 1:57.860 2.666 0.122 20 / 28
16 DI MEGLIO, Mike Avintia Racing 1:58.175 2.981 0.315 20 / 32
17 PETRUCCI, Danilo IodaRacing Project 1:59.305 4.111 1.130 19 / 34

 

Session 1 – 08

 

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