Originally Posted by Florin
He is riding Aoyama's bike, not the factory 800. He is already 1 second faster than Aoyama was in qualifying.
I think Bautista is smart and fast. The thing I wonder and can never be answered is how good or bad is the Suzuki versus how good or bad Bautista is. Would Stoner have been putting the Suzuki on the podium every week, or around the same as Bautista or worse. Yes Stoner is the extreme but I was surprised that Bradl was faster than Bautista (from what I saw on some sheets), and RDP was faster than both of them on the Suzuki.
Of course it is only testing and the first day, but when we look at the numbers it does not say a ton about Bautista being held back by the Suzuki.