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Alvaro Bautista’s 100th MotoGP™ race ends in the points after a race long battle with others.
A strong start off the line didn’t help Alvaro Bautista who found himself shut out into Turn 1 and forced to roll off. An intense battle with Eugene Laverty (Aspar MotoGP Team) and several of the other top Open class riders emerged soon after. Bautista was able to eventually pass on the brakes and set about closing down his Aprilia Racing Team Gresini teammate Stefan Bradl. The trio swapping positions on multiple occasions, allowing Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) to catch them and eventually break away.
Unable to stick with Viñales, Bautista maintained his pace and ended his 100th MotoGP™ World Championship race in 13th, rounding off an overall positive weekend. Developing a new MotoGP™ machine is no easy task, but both Aprilia and Bautista have done well in 2015 and made steady improvements. Both Bautista and Bradl will remain with Aprilia in 2016 as they continue to help develop the MotoGP™ bike and push towards the front of the field.
Alvaro Bautista: “I had a great start, gaining a lot of ground in the first few metres but then I was shut out on the first turn and I had to halt my progress. It took me a while to get past Laverty, who was braking very well, and once I had overtaken him I lost some more positions while I was behind Bradl, so I had to start all over again. I managed to overtake Laverty again and Bradl as well and at that point I would have liked to have gone after Vinales but it was too late, so I just held my pace, which was not bad at all, and I'm pleased to have finished in the points again. This was a very positive weekend. We learned a lot, thanks to the team's hard work. Now we need to keep it up in the coming races.”
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