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Bautista: “Towards the end I was on the limit"

Bautista: “Towards the end I was on the limit'

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini earned their first point of the season thanks to Alvaro Bautista who rode his RS-GP to a fifteenth place finish.

At the wire the Spaniard came very close to the two riders ahead of him, giving the impression in the final laps that he might even have gained a position or two. This is a positive test received by the entire team with great satisfaction, as well as motivation and encouragement for everyone who has been facing this season like a long apprenticeship in the most challenging category of motorcycle racing.

Alvaro Bautista:
“I am really happy! I was able to put forth my best effort in the race, even bringing home our first point. I chose to use the soft compound tyre on the rear and I was able to look after it quite well, not pushing too hard at the beginning and then maintaining the most consistent pace possible. Towards the end I was on the limit, otherwise I would have been able to fight even for thirteenth place, but that's OK: bringing home points wasn't our goal. We simply wanted to finish the race, but we succeeded and we are obviously pleased about it. We finished out a truly positive weekend, gathering information and good sensations that will let me provide precious explanations to the engineers in view of the coming races. I want to thank the entire team, from the mechs to the engineers who are working hard to continuously improve the bike.”

Fausto Gresini - Team Manager:
“A point is like a podium for us: our first goal after all was to finish the race. We succeeded, finishing in the points, a result that we thought would be difficult to achieve just a short while ago, so we are quite pleased. Obviously we know that there is still much work to be done, but today we gathered a lot of precious information and this is the right path to pursue. Too bad about Marco, who was looking good at the beginning of the race. Now we are looking forward to Argentina with confidence to get some more experience under our belts.”


MotoGP, 2015, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, RAC, Alvaro Bautista, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

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