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Bautista misses podium by less than a tenth

Bautista misses podium by less than a tenth

Alvaro Bautista came extremely close to a first 2013 podium on Sunday, missing out to Valentino Rossi by 59 thousandths of a second.

The GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider had started from the front row for the first time since clinching pole position at Silverstone last year. After Yamaha Factory Racing’s Rossi was overhauled by Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez at the Corkscrew, Bautista began to home in when the Italian was delayed by lapped traffic.

"I was so close to the podium!" Bautista smiled, having gone side-by-side Rossi into the final corner of the race. "I would really liked to have been up there but we have to be happy with this result and especially for the way we achieved it.

"Obviously you can't get much closer than 0.059 seconds, but the most important thing about today was that we showed we have taken a massive step forward and hopefully we can continue in the same way at the next race.

"This result gives us confidence after a less than positive period and it's a nice boost for the rest of the season. I am also happy for the team, who have been working so hard and really deserved to celebrate a result like this today."

Bautista’s previous pair of MotoGP™ podiums came across three races, as they were achieved in the San Marino and Japanese Grands Prix of last year.

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