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Honda missed the jump on the podium at the season opener of the Superbike World Cup in the Motorland Aragon. In the first race, Alvaro Bautista fought in the pursuer group and had the chance of the podium, but in the last round, the Spaniard rushed and was out there.
"I got switching problems," reports Bautista. "With each round, it got worse. Then I fell in curve 2. When we have analyzed the data, we have seen an electronics problem with a sensor." In the middle of the curve, the rear wheel is slipping away at full throttle. "
Team College Leon Haslam finished the Saturday in place. In the superpole race, Bautsta was seventh and Haslam tenth. In race 2 Bautista saw the target flag as the eleventh. Haslam argued by falling in curve 2.
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"in the superpole race", says Bautista, "we have decided on rain tires. When the route became drier, the drivers were faster with intermediates or slicks. As a seventh, I was the second-opposed driver with rain tires."
"is positive that I had a good feeling for the motorcycle. In the past, this was not the case in these conditions. So we made a progress in this regard." Bautista decided for intermediates for the afternoon race.
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"But the asphalt dried too fast. I went for the first time with these tires. The set-up was a mix. I did not feel perfect. Then I got the same electronics problem as on Saturday. Gang changes became more difficult. "
Therefore, Bautista decided to manage the situation and to come to the finish. "Too bad, because without a technical problem I would have been able to fight the podium on Saturday and on Sunday around the top 6. Nevertheless, we have to see the positive."
Because the Spaniard sees good progress in the general coordination of Honda CBR1000 RR-R. Bautista and Haslam have eight World Cup points in the account after the first race weekend. This means the places twelve and 13.
Haslam had problems with the gas acceptance in the driver's standings in the Superpole race. In the second main race he also decided for intermediates. "The pace felt very well," says the Brite. "I also felt that we have solved the gas acceptance and other problems."
"Unfortunately, I'm overwhelmed. Although the results were not hoped for, I still feel that we have made progress in the last race. That's why I'm curious what we can do in Estoril next weekend."
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© Motorsport Images Pol Espargaro went the most common in the first half of the season to the ground It is a statistic that exceptionally no MotoGP driver likes to lead, namely the most falls in a season. After the first nine races this year, it's time to draw a first interim balance. And there Honda pilot has Pol Espargaro with 13 plumps in the inglorious top spot. In the count, all accidents pass that happened during the training, qualifying, warm-ups and races.