Bautista celebrates new contract with Motegi podium

Bautista Motegi Race
Sunday, 14 October 2012

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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