Positive start to the test for new-look Rizla Suzuki squad Rizla Suzuki began its preparations for 2011 at Valencia in Spain with a constructive first day at the post-season test which saw Alvaro Bautista post the eighth fastest time. Bautista...
Positive start to the test for new-look Rizla Suzuki squad
Rizla Suzuki began its preparations for 2011 at Valencia in Spain with a constructive first day at the post-season test which saw Alvaro Bautista post the eighth fastest time.
Bautista (1'33.558, 44 laps) set about his testing duties with the same professional and thorough manner he has shown throughout his rookie season. He tested many new and re-designed parts for the Suzuki GSV-R and - although a big part of the day was lost to rain -- he managed to improve on his times continually despite conditions being considerably worse than the race weekend due to strong winds blowing across the circuit.
Bautista was able to compare a range of two specifications of Ohlins front forks, new rear swing arm, different settings and various other items in the time that was available. The whole team finished the day in a very positive frame of mind and all eager to continue with the test tomorrow.
The blustery weather that blew across the 4,005m Valencian track made things difficult for all riders and was even responsible for one being blown off line and into the gravel! The fastest time of the day was set by World Champion and last weekend's race winner Jorge Lorenzo.
Rizla Suzuki has one more day at Valencia tomorrow to continue with the evaluation of the Suzuki GSV-R in readiness for next season, before the winter testing ban comes in to force at the end of this month.
"Today we have had a good test even though we lost some time due to the rain. We started with the base setting from the race so we could get the feeling of the track, it was a bit different out there because there was less grip and it was very windy, this made it more difficult to ride than during the weekend. We tested two different front forks and one felt the same as the ones I'd used in the race, but the other one was much better overall. It helped me in the mid-corner braking, because it gave me more confidence to release the brake than it had done before and this gave me more speed so I could exit better. I also tested a new swinging arm, it was not a big difference but it also helped a little. I am very happy with the first day because I've done close to my best time and the conditions were much worse than in qualifying. I'm looking forward to tomorrow because we have more things to test."
Paul Denning -- Team Manager:
"Alvaro and the team have completed a very solid first day's work and given that the conditions were worse than race day, we can be pleased with the relative performance as well. We've struggled to generate grip and feedback in colder conditions and the track temperature was right down today, so this is also a step in the right direction. We've got roughly the same volume of work to get through tomorrow, so fingers crossed that the weather will remain good enough to get things done properly and we can take some more steps forward, before Alvaro and the team get a little down-time at the end of a long season."
-source: rizla suzuki