Alvaro Bautista feels he is growing with confidence on the new 1000cc Honda RC213V after riding it for the second time in testing at Sepang. The San Carlo Honda Gresini rider concentrated on improving his consistency over longer runs on Wednesday and was happy to see the lap times come down, ending up ninth quickest.
“The second day of the test has seen us improve our lap times slightly but above all put together a consistent pace over a series of outings. Today I had more confidence with the bike and I was able to push with more conviction, which I am particularly pleased about. We have tried some things with the electronics and some setting solutions that will give us an idea of what we need to do tomorrow. I am sure that we can improve the bike and my riding significantly. Obviously I need to get used to riding a ‘thousand’ because it has different characteristics to an 800, mainly in that it has more power and you have to use that in a different way.”
The Spaniard also complimented his new team who are operating at the Kuala Lumpur circuit for the first time since Marco Simoncelli's tragic death in October.
“I have been able to see how professional this team is. They are doing a great job so that gives me confidence for tomorrow, when we will try to take another step forward,” he commented.