Alvaro Bautista qualifies on 7th row, confident of good race pace
Alvaro Bautista, held up during the decisive Aragon qualifying session by a crash with no consequences for the rider, will start from the seventh row on the grid, after lapping in 1’49,437, giving him the eleventh best time in Q1 and the twenty-first overall time.
Throughout the weekend both the team’s riders worked tirelessly on race strategy, above all looking for consistent performance over race distance, which is why they are making no secret of their intentions to improve their positions in the race, as they have done often this season.
“At the beginning of the qualifiers I lost the front end braking hard at the first turn. It’s a shame because we worked very well both yesterday and today. We have a good pace for the race but after the crash I had to use the second bike and I wasn’t able to push as hard as I would have liked for my fast lap. Tomorrow we’ll be starting from the back, so we’ll need to make a good start of it in order to make up a few positions straight away, but we have a good race pace on used tyres and that is very important.”