SAN MARINO GP - Bautista starts Aragon GP in Top 10

2018-09-21 10:45
Comapa Ángel Nieto Team places eighth on the timesheets on the opening day of practice at MotorLand

The first day of the Aragón Grand Prix was dominated by Ducati riders, although this was more evident during the morning session than in the afternoon. In FP1 there were four Ducati riders in the first four positions.. The fastest rider of the day, however, was Marc Márquez, with a 1:47.382 lap. He was joined by Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso in the top three on Friday. Cal Crutchlow, Andrea Iannone and Danilo Petrucci were close behind and Dani Pedrosa and Comapa Ángel Nieto Team rider Álvaro Bautista was a second back.

The Comapa Ángel Nieto Team and Álvaro Bautista were inside the Top 10 on the first day of practice for the Aragón Grand Prix, with an eighth position that would give a provisional spot in Q2 to the Spanish rider. Bautista is looking to maintain his run of positive finishes at a track where he placed eighth last season. Tomorrow he will attempt to shave tenths off his times by improving the electronics and his riding. Karel Abraham closed the first day in a deceiving eighteenth position, since the combination of his best sector times would place him eleventh overall. The Czech rider was happy with his evolution on the opening day and will look to continue in the same way this weekend.

8th Álvaro Bautista 1:48.452 (23 laps): "The distance to the frontrunners here is large, but my feeling isn’t bad and the times have been fast. In the morning we worked to find references, and we didn’t even change tyres. In the afternoon we switched things up and we tried others like the hard compound, which I liked. At the end I tried to put in a good lap and, although we are up there, I think I can improve both in terms of the electronics and my riding in order to lower the time a bit and secure the spot in Q2. We will study the data so that we can improve tomorrow.” "

18th Karel Abraham 1:49.016 (27 laps): "I'm very happy with this first day; we have done very well and we are very close to our best lap here. At the same time, I’m a little disappointed because in the last session I clocked several laps around 1:48 but always encountered other riders on the racing line. I may have lost some very important tenths there, as I was setting a much better time than I eventually achieved. It's a shame, because with my ideal time, which is four tenths quicker, I would have placed eleventh. It's a big difference, but we've had two good sessions where we've been able to try many things. We are close to the limit with the front end, so we are going to investigate what we can change in the rear to have a great qualifying session and a good weekend."


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