Alvaro Bautista has expressed his satisfaction at the development progress Suzuki has made so far in the first preseason MotoGP test at Sepang.
The Spaniard tried three chassis and a new rear swing arm on the GSV-R, and completed a number of comparison tests over the marathon 63 laps he completed.
"Immediately after I left the pit lane this morning, the feeling was more normal than yesterday – after my first day back at work it was easier to understand everything," said the 26-year-old 2006 125cc champion. "On my first run I set a good lap time and this was very close to the fastest guys, except Dani [Pedrosa] who made a real qualifying lap!
"Much more important was that I could make high 2m01sec laps with very old tires, and my rhythm felt good. Also, I tried three different chassis today and the results of that test were quite clear, and we have made an improvement to front feeling and turning. The engineers have also done some good work with the traction control and this is helping me get out of the corners more smoothly."
"Anyway, now I am quite tired after 63 laps and I didn't push for a fast time at the end of the day like many guys did – it's more important to understand the bike on old tires," he added. "I am very happy with the developments Suzuki has made, and I'm enjoying myself. I think we can have some fun this season!"