Alvaro Bautista takes sixteenth in tricky conditions at Motegi
The weather conditions, with rain falling all night long, into the morning and lightly during the race, conditioned the race for Aprilia Racing Team Gresini.
After the best qualifiers of the season with Alvaro Bautista in sixteenth, but above all with the excellent race pace demonstrated over the past two days on a dry track, it was reasonable to expect a battle for points for both Alvaro and teammate Stefan Bradl.
The wet track changed all the points of reference and forced Alvaro and Stefan into a very demanding race. In the end Alvaro found his pace but, having trouble with the tyres, he was unable to push hard enough to get into the points range.
“The day before the race I was pleased with our preparation and even with the morning warm up session on a soft tyre didn’t go badly. But for the race the track was different, not entirely wet and in these conditions we chose to mount the harder tyre. In the first laps I couldn’t find the right feeling and then things improved a bit, but I never really felt comfortable like I had in the morning. So I had to find a pace and keep it, but in the last ten laps, when the tarmac seemed to be less wet, the situation worsened even more. I lost the front end a few times and there was a lot of spin at the rear when I would open up the gas. It wasn’t the race I had expected after a good weekend like this one.”