Smart riding puts Alvaro Bautista in the points at Phillip Island
Alvaro Bautista finished the Australian GP in the points, riding his Aprilia RS-GP to fourteenth place, earning two points, and most importantly, reducing the gap behind the front runners in the race in confirmation of the excellent work done this weekend.
In fact, from Friday the Spanish rider from Aprilia Racing Team Gresini demonstrated consistent progress in his performance.
Starting from the sixth row, Bautista intelligently managed tyre wear, staying constantly in the points at fifteenth place until he was able to catch up and overtake Miller in the finale, moving up another position.
“I had a good start and in the first laps I tried not to overheat the tyres in order to prevent that sudden drop in grip that we found in practice. I never went to 100% but, especially at the beginning, I could easily have stayed with the group ahead of me. Then the drop in grip came and I continued with my pace, so in the end I was able to catch up and overtake Miller. But the thing I like the most is that the gap behind the leaders was the lowest of the season. This is a good sign and also a result of how the entire team, who I thank very much, worked well, helping me to make progress throughout the weekend. Now we need to keep going like this.”