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Bautista: “I’d like to compliment whoever stopped the start”

Bautista: “I’d like to compliment whoever stopped the start”

Alvaro Bautista praises safety decisions at the Octo British Grand Prix and fights for the top ten.

The 2015 season is all about gathering data for Aprilia who next year plan on bringing an all-new prototype racer to the MotoGP™ World Championship. Sunday’s wet British Grand Prix allowed them to gather critical wet weather knowledge and also a strong result. Alvaro Bautista battled through to a top ten finish on his Aprilia Racing Team Gresini machine; his second top ten of the 2015 season. With a lack of experience in the wet on the RS-GP, Bautista found it difficult to understand the performance of the rear tyre.

Aprilia and Bautista have both had a solid 2015 season, able to score points in the majority of rounds while still developing a new bike. As a result Bautista has 22 World Championship points and is just one point shy of Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing). The MotoGP™ paddock now head to Misano, a circuit where Bautista has scored one of his three MotoGP™ podiums. A newly resurfaced track means all riders and teams will be starting from the same point and Aprilia are keen to use this fact to their advantage.

Alvaro Bautista: “First of all I’d like to compliment whoever stopped the start. That was an excellent decision that prevented any problems. I’m disappointed not to have been able to race on a dry track as yesterday I had found a good feeling with the bike and I could have collected a lot of information. At the beginning I didn’t have a great feeling in the wet but I saw straight away that my times were quite good. It was difficult to gauge tyre performance, especially the rear, so I tried to set my pace and ride smoothly. That way I was also able to come back a bit, battling with various rivals, especially in the second part of the race that seemed to last a long time. In the end I even came close to ninth place, but this result is fine. I’d like to thank the entire team for the great job they did this weekend.”

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MotoGP, 2015, OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, RAC, Alvaro Bautista, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

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