Alvaro Bautista fights his way to seventh at Aragon
Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista took a hard fought seventh place in today’s Grand Prix of Aragon, battling with determination both in the first part of the race, held on dry asphalt, and also after the arrival of the rain and the consequent change of the bike in the pit lane as per ‘flag to flag’ regulation.
In trouble during practice and qualifying, Bautista just missed the top five today, crossing the finish line less than 0.3 seconds behind Bradley Smith and Pol Espargarò’s Yamahas, despite a vibration problem with the brakes that slowed him down after he climbed on the second bike for wet conditions.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (7th)
“Today we faced an unpredictable race: this morning we didn’t know in what conditions we were going to race, then the track dried out and so we started with a dry setting. To be honest I was feeling quite comfortable; there was more grip on the track, even though I felt exactly the same problems we had during practice. I fought for the fifth position in the second group of riders, then it started to rain so I continued cautiously, until it became necessary to change the bike when the rain intensified. Unfortunately when I rejoined the track on the second bike for wet conditions I had a vibration problem with the brakes that forced me to go wide in a corner: it’s a shame, because in the end I was very close to the fifth position and if there was another lap, or even just a few corners more, I think I could overtake Smith and Pol Espargarò”.
Source: Gresini Racing