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Bautista knew more possible without brake issue

Bautista knew more possible without brake issue

Alvaro Bautista finished fifth in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix, successfully taking sixth place in the Riders’ Championship from the absent Stefan Bradl.

With Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) having fractured an ankle through a crash in final practice, Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) knew a top five finish was necessary in order to overhaul the German in the championship. A strong start saw him running with the front group, but the Spaniard then overshot at Turn 1 while running directly behind Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi.

“I started the race very well and was able to stay with the front group, but after the fifth lap I had a problem with the brake and lacked that stopping power,” Bautista explained to “I then needed two laps to recover the same feeling as before, but that same feeling never came back.

“That meant Cal (Crutchlow, Monster Yamaha Tech3) caught me and we battled a lot, which I enjoyed. I stayed behind him for a few laps in order to recover some energy [laughs] and at the end tried to push.

“I just preferred to stay behind to have energy for the last lap and in the end got the fifth place. The position was good, we are the first non-factory bike and I am happy. I am sure that without the brake problem I could have been closer to the top guys, but I am happy and now we have to continue in this way for Australia next week.”

Bautista now heads to Phillip Island, where he won en route to his 125 World Championship title in 2006. His best MotoGP™ finish to date in the Australian event is his fifth place finish with Gresini of 12 months ago.

MotoGP, 2013, TISSOT AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Alvaro Bautista, GO&FUN Honda Gresini

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