Sixth for Bautista in rain-hit Sepang

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Heavy rainfall during the MotoGP™ race at Sepang today saw the red flags produced with seven laps remaining and eventually the decision came from Race Direction to call a result with full points awarded.

San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista was lapping in sixth place when the conditions were deemed unsafe, a positive result after a difficult weekend. Michele Pirro also scored some important points in the CRT battle although he finished frustrated that the red flags came just as he was making up ground on the riders in front of him.

Álvaro Bautista (5th)

“Racing in these conditions is always a lottery. It was raining at the start but not too much and I was able to ride well with confidence in the bike. The only problem was under braking and I had trouble trying to control the bike over the bumps. I was close to crashing but I tried to adapt as best I could. Towards the end the track was like a river and I was aquaplaning down the straight. It was the right call to stop the race. I am happy because we improved our feeling with the bike in the wet but we still need to work on our chatter problems.”

Michele Pirro (12th)

“I am disappointed because we found a good solution for our chatter problems this morning and the race was looking good, especially for the second half – I felt we had a chance to fight to be the top CRT. Then the rain came and ruined everything for us because we still have so much work to do with this bike in the wet. Anyway, we fought hard and could have still fought to be the top CRT if the red flags came later because I was the only one with the hard rear tyre. Now we want to hang on to third place in the CRT standings. I want to thank the team for their efforts here. I wanted a better result to dedicate to Marco but it will have to be next time.”

Press release courtesy of San Carlo Honda Gresini.

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