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Bautista celebrates new contract with Motegi podium

San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista celebrated his contract extension with the team by recording his second ever premier-class podium in Motegi today.

The Spaniard was in a hard fought battle until the final lap with Cal Crutchlow for the third step on the podium. Bautista’s weekend got off to a less than ideal start with his still suffering front-end issues, but with a new set-up he found the confidence to record another podium this season at Honda’s home track.

Álvaro Bautista

"It was a great weekend, also signing the contract for next season with Gresini Racing. I knew I could fight for the podium because yesterday [Saturday] we proved we had a good race pace - so I tried and succeeded. I didn’t start very well and I lost some positions, but I recovered quickly. Later, when I caught up with Crutchlow, I saw that we were the same speed and I tried to keep a safe distance not to overheat the brakes. With five laps left I pushed more and I attacked. It was a good fight and I had fun. I'm very happy for my team mechanics, who have worked hard together with Showa to give me a competitive bike, also by sponsors and HRC, which is giving me all the necessary support. I hope to continue this in the coming races."

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MotoGP, 2012, Alvaro Bautista, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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