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Bautista: "We can't drop our guard"

Bautista: 'We can't drop our guard'

Bautista: "We can't drop our guard"

Alvaro Bautista still maintains his grip on the 125cc Championship lead, despite having victory and a fifth consecutive podium snatched away from him in Le Mans courtesy of a mechanical problem. spoke with the rider exclusively this week to hear his views on the race and the season.

Have the last lap problems in Le Mans lowered moral at all?

No no, no way. It was a pity because a victory eluded us which was 100% certain, but these things happen. It helped illustrate that all of us at Aprillia should keep our guard up.

Only Mika Kallio seems able to keep up with you. Do you think that he will be your biggest rival or that a few others will be added to the list?

The last few races have proved that KTM are right up there, and now Honda can b added to that list too. These things are typical of 125cc racing, you can have a different rival in every race. My team-mate Pasini crashed in Le Mans, but if he hadn't then he would definitely have been fighting at the head of the field, just like Lukas Pesek would have done.

Are Honda starting to fight back?

Yes. Honda have worked hard and that was confirmed by the results in France.

How does the current run of consecutive races look to you?

A third of the championship has already gone, and in June and July we'll complete the second third. We have an important advantage but we can't make a mistake again. The important thing is to keep adding points, not commit errors and be consistent in order to maintain the lead and extend the gap race after race.

What stands out to you about the Mugello circuit, where you will be racing next weekend?

It is a very technical circuit, fast but at the same time fun because there are lots of chicanes and changes in gradient. I think that the race will be very difficult and closely fought, as every race is in this category. From my point of view, 125cc races are the most exciting.

125cc, 2006, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Alvaro Bautista

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