The San Carlo Honda Gresini rider avoided a crash and finished with the fifth fastest time on the first day of the second Official Test at Sepang.
A heavy rainstorm put a halt to any further progress after the morning session for Team San Carlo Honda Gresini's Alvaro Bautista, limiting the rider's track time to just 24 laps. His fifteenth lap proved to be his best, stopping the clock at 2’02.959. With no new updates to test on the bike, the team concentrated on making set-up changes to the existing package as Bautista continues to familiarize himself with the Honda RC213V.
Alvaro Bautista (2’02.959 – 24 laps): "The track surface was in poor condition and it was very difficult to push so we focused on experimenting with some different set-up solutions to increase my confidence on the 1000cc bike. The rainfall brought our day to an early conclusion because with the already precarious conditions, it was better to leave everything else we had planned until tomorrow. I had a miraculous escape this morning in turn five when I basically crashed but managed to keep the bike upright on my elbow!"