Ten out of ten start for Bautista in Sachsenring2018-07-13 07:27
A circuit that in theory doesn’t suit the Ducati saw three of the Italian factory bikes in the top four on day one of the German Grand Prix, where Jorge Lorenzo, Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso – as well as Andrea Iannone – outdid the ‘King of the Sachsenring” Marc Márquez, who was fifth. The shortest lap of the year saw eighteen riders within the same second, factory riders such as Álex Rins, Pol and Aleix Espargaró, Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa outside the top ten.
Álvaro Bautista made a ten out of ten start to his weekend, enjoying his best Friday so far this season. The Ángel Nieto Team rider was equally satisfied with the position and the lap time today, as well as the feeling with his bike, although he hopes to make further progress and find more speed tomorrow. On the other side of the garage Karel Abraham already equalled his best from 2017 at this track and feels he is close to the limit of performance of the Ducati GP16 here, but will work with his team to push that limit and enjoy a strong weekend at Sachsenring.
10th Álvaro Bautista 1:21.568 (31 laps): “Today I felt good on the bike and it shows in the lap time and the position. This morning the track was a little slippery but we were still quite competitive. We tried some different tyre options to see which works best for us and after ruling out the hard option for the race we are left to decide between the medium and the soft. Tomorrow we will try to stay on this upward curve. Today is the first Friday we have finished in the top 10, so let’s see tomorrow if we can find some more tenths. My pace is good but I feel that in some points of the track I could have pushed more for a better lap. I had a crash this morning in turn one when I lost the front with the change of lean. I was on the soft tyre, which was a little unstable, but I wasn’t hurt.”
22nd Karel Abraham 1:22.555 (42 laps): “Today was not a disaster, I’ve already matched my best lap time from here last year, but we are still missing around seven tenths to be where we want to be this weekend. The team did a great job from the morning to the afternoon but again I feel like we are on the limit with the bike. I am struggling in a couple of corners with turning performance, which is costing me speed, as well as some other more normal little problems like front locks and rear slides. I need to talk with my crew chief Frankie to work everything out. It might be a case of adapting my riding to get more out of the bike but at the moment I don’t feel I can push any more. We will work hard to increase our limit and improve the lap time and the position tomorrow.”
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