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Bautista in top five but Staring frustrated

Bautista in top five but Staring frustrated

Alvaro Bautista’s German Grand Prix result was his first inside the top five in 2013. On the GO&FUN Honda Gresini CRT machine, rookie Bryan Staring was frustrated to have crashed out of the race in the closing stages.

Bautista, who earlier this year had been involved in first-lap crashed at both Mugello and Barcelona, started the Sachsenring race in eighth position before keeping out of trouble and dispatching of Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith, Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro and Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden.

"We finished in fifth place, which at the end of the day is not a great result but after a great start I just wasn't able to keep in touch with the riders at the front," Bautista began to explain. "We had some traction problems in the second sector, which is where I was losing a lot of time, and I could only just hold the gap in the other sectors. I tried to get closer but I couldn't manage it and fifth place is still a positive result for us after the Dutch race because it's a step forward. Now I am sure we can make more progress at Laguna with the help of the team, who are doing a great job."

Staring’s maiden season in MotoGP™ continued in difficult fashion, with the Australian suffered four crashes across the weekend including that of the race.

"My confidence is on the floor right now!" he admitted. "Four crashes in a weekend is four too many and the one in the race was particularly stupid. I was letting the front three riders lap me, lost concentration going into Turn 1 and ended up crashing. I am really sorry for the team, who are doing so much to help me."

Championship-wise, Bautista is now eighth overall and ahead of Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, whereas Staring scored his maiden two points in Catalunya.

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