Decent fifth place for Bautista at Sachsenring after particularly troublesome weekend
Alvaro Bautista’s German Grand Prix finished better than he might have expected with a top five result at Sachsenring following a troublesome weekend of practice and qualifying. Despite losing significant ground to his rivals in one particular section of the track Alvaro held it together around the rest of the lap to pick up a result that gives the team a timely boost ahead of the trip to Laguna Seca following some disappointing races at Assen, Mugello and Barcelona.
Alvaro Bautista (5th) “We finished in fifth place which at the end of the day is not a great result, but after a great start I just wasn’t able to keep in touch with the riders at the front. We had some traction problems in the second sector, which is where I was losing a lot of time and I could only just hold the gap in the other sectors. I tried to get closer, but I couldn’t manage it and fifth place is still a positive result for us after the Dutch race, because it’s a step forward. Now I am sure we can make more progress at Laguna with the help of the team, who are doing a great job.”
Fausto Gresini “It hasn’t been an easy weekend for Alvaro, with so many setbacks that have prevented him from riding the bike as he would like. Even so he had a decent race today despite the fact that he was losing so much time in one particular sector. Now we have to look at how we can give Alvaro a more competitive bike in the coming races.”
Source: Gresini Racing