Bautista all smiles after battle with Rossi

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Monday, 26 August 2013

Alvaro Bautista narrowly missed out on fourth position in the Czech Grand Prix, finishing less than one tenth of a second behind nine-time champion Valentino Rossi.

GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider Bautista had infamously collided with Yamaha Factory Racing’s Rossi on the opening lap of the Italian’s home Grand Prix at Mugello earlier this season, before a near miss in Barcelona two weeks later. At Brno, however, there was no such happening as the duo dueled for the majority of the race.

“Once again I had the chance to finish ahead of Rossi, but I ended up just 0.077 behind him at the line,” Bautista smiled. “However, I am happy because we had a good race and ran a fast pace that was better than in practice.

“I had a lot more confidence in the bike today. It was a nice battle with Rossi and maybe he just had a little more than I did at the end. We’re going in the right direction, continuing with what we started at Laguna Seca two races ago; that is very important. Last year we didn’t have a great feeling at Brno, but this year we went well which confirms that things are getting better.”

After 11 races, Bautista – who started on the front row at Brno – remains eighth in the championship but now just four points behind Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso.

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