Alvaro Bautista finishes in the points at Valencia
With Alvaro Bautista riding his RS-GP to a points finish, Aprilia has finished out its rookie MotoGP season.
In the last race at Valencia the Spanish Aprilia Racing Team Gresini rider finished in fourteenth place after a very consistent race where he started off well and then found and managed his race pace.
“I got off the line well, moving up several positions, and then I tried to manage the tyres in order to finish well. With a full tank I struggled a bit because I kept losing the front end when I tried to brake hard. As the laps went by the problem decreased and I was able to find my pace, even overtaking Stefan who had a similar pace but who was slower than me in a few points. I’m pleased to finish out such a demanding season this way. We finished all the races – except for Qatar but that wasn’t our fault – and this is very important. Throughout the year we improved a lot and for that I would like to thank Aprilia and the entire team, because we worked very well together. Now we need to focus on the new season to keep improving and to be more competitive.”