Friday’s free practices for Pirelli Dutch Round ended with Alvaro Bautista in first place.
The Spaniard appeared to be in great shape from the very first laps of FP1: he finishes with the fastest time, after working hard on tire choice ahead of the weekend’s races.
In FP2 Bautista pushed his Panigale V4R with conviction, lowering his morning time by almost three-tenths to close with a 1’34.316 securing first position in the combined standings with 216 thousandths ahead of Lowes (Kawasaki).
“It was a very positive first day. We worked this morning to find the best feeling and in the afternoon we were able to improve. We dedicated a lot of time to choosing the right tires for the races, and collecting important data. We definitely have a lot of confidence even though we know that our rivals have always been very competitive on this track. We also don’t know what kind of weather we’ll find tomorrow“.