Team HRC is now in action at the Donington Park circuit in the UK, the stage for round four of the 2021 Superbike World Championship.
Alvaro Bautista has taken part in the opening day’s free practice sessions, both of which played out in warm, dry conditions, although this may change tomorrow as rain is forecast over the weekend.
Working hard to find the best possible set-up for his CBR1000RR-R Fireblades around the technical Leicestershire track, the factory rider completed a challenging but constructive first session, in which Bautista’s best – a 1’29.932 – saw him position fourteenth.
During the afternoon’s second timed practice, the Team HRC rider continued his preparation ahead of the weekend’s three races. Alvaro Bautista shaved off several tenths to set a 1’29.568, which put him fifteenth at the day’s end.
“Today was an objectively difficult day and our position reflects this, because normally we are quite closer to the front group in terms of performance. We need to keep working on the set-up because right from the first few laps this morning I have been struggling to ‘feel’ the tyres. With this problem I can’t push hard and exploit the potential of the bike. The changes we have tried haven’t solved the issue yet, but at least we have done some exploratory work and now we will analyse the data and try to find a solution tomorrow”.