Alvaro Bautista and the Rizla Suzuki team had a disappointing race at Catalunya finishing 12th.
Bautista is now pretty much back to full fitness after breaking his leg earlier in the season, and even qualified in 9th place on the grid. Bautista seemed full of confidence and was charged for his home GP – So what went wrong? The rain and the Suzuki’s grip, apparantly.
Alvaro Bautista and Paul Denning reflect back on the race below:
“I am very frustrated with today because nobody really expected this result. All weekend we have been more competitive than we were in the race, and also in the wet this morning we went very well. I don’t know what happened in the race, but I just didn’t have the same feeling as I did in the practice. I felt like I had less grip from the bike and it was difficult to stop the bike and enter into the corners. I fought for a top-10 position, but when it started to rain in the last part of the track I wasn’t able to go very fast through there and lost some time to the other guys around me. We have to continue working and put this behind us, I’m very disappointed with what happened here, because as I said I didn’t expect this. We now have some races in a row so it will be good to get in a rhythm and it will help me to recover to my full potential on the bike.”
Paul Denning – Team Manager:
“Today’s result is disappointing – it’s as simple as that – it’s especially upsetting for Álvaro who has worked hard to get back to a decent level of fitness. After qualifying ninth and running very strongly in this morning’s wet warm-up, we were looking for a much more competitive race, but we didn’t produce the grip levels that we did yesterday and it looked like a very tough race. On the positive side it’s another finish and physically he is ready to take that next step up – luckily we don’t have to wait long now to get to Silverstone and help him move things forward.”
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