Bryan Staring was far from happy at the end of Monday’s final pre-season test session as inclement weather prevented him from completing his scheduled programme at Jerez. The Australian will ride the CRT-spec FTR for Go & Fun Honda Gresini and was hoping to complete a representative race-simulation, only for the rain to scupper his plans. Staring ended the last day in 20th position and must now wait until Qatar before getting back on the bike.
“I’m not particularly happy with today. This morning we couldn’t ride because of the rain and after several hours waiting around we did a race simulation that to be honest was pretty disappointing. There were still some damp patches out there that made me a little nervous and with just over a week until my debut in MotoGP I didn’t want to make any mistakes at this stage. Now my mind is on Qatar and an exciting new adventure for me.”
Teammate Alvaro Bautista didn’t ride on the final day of the test after crashing on Sunday at the Sito Pons corner. The Spaniard fractured two fingers on his left hand as well as hurting his knee and with the track damp first thing on Monday, decided to take the safe approach and sit the day out.