San Carlo Honda Gresini riders Alvaro Bautista and Michele Pirro were both buoyed by the improvements made to their bikes in testing at Catalunya on Monday. Bautista focussed on improving grip and stability with his RC213V and after setting the fourth fastest time, the Spaniard thought things were moving in the right direction.
“Today was a very interesting and very positive day. We worked a lot on the forks, because we had a lot of testing backlogged thanks to the cancelled test in Portugal. The improvement that we have made is extremely positive, which gives us more confidence and helps us when shifting gears. I felt more comfortable on used tyres today at race pace. We have been looking at the geometry of the bike and have used a new solution that I liked quite a lot. This was something that we had been wanting to test before, but had never been able to do so. We managed to take a big step forward with the electronics for the traction control, and now we are satisfied that all this can help us when the tyres start to lose performance I have to thank the team for everything, because they have been working at a relentless pace in order to make sure that we could get through the workload that we had set out. They have been exceptional and today's work has given us a big improvement for the bike compared to how it was over the Grand Prix weekend.”
Pirro was sixteenth and spent the day trying out different electronic settings on his FTR-Honda. The Italian was the fourth fastest CRT rider but felt there was more pace in the machine than he showed on Monday.
“The test was positive and we have found solutions with the front that should be a significant help in the near future. I am happy and satisfied with all the progress that we have been making recently. The fastest lap time could even have been better, because we clocked it on tyres with 18 laps on them already. I am convinced that with fresh rubber we could have got the best CRT time of the day. It is nonetheless good for us, because we know that we can do it. Now we roll on to Aragon for a second test, at which we will look to take a further step forward with Silverstone in line. It is important for us to put miles on the clock, to keep developing a bike that is coming along very well.”