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Bautista: “After the crash I was feeling pain in my neck”

Bautista: “After the crash I was feeling pain in my neck”

A crash for Alvaro Bautista ends his test early as the Spaniard reports pain in his neck after falling.

Three days of hard work in Jerez unfortunately ended in the gravel for Alvaro Bautista who had a crash early on the third and final day of testing. Many MotoGP™ World Championship riders fell on the final day, unfortunately in his accident Bautista strained his neck and elected to end the day early to avoid any serious consequences. No major injury was found, but Bautista and Aprilia Racing Team Gresini will be sure to monitor the Spaniard in the coming days. Before the fall testing had been progressing well for Aprilia as they focused on understanding the new tyres and electronics for the 2016 season.

Over the three days Bautista was able to complete 135 laps of the Jerez circuit and make continued improvements to the RS-GP. There are still improvements to be made in regards to how the bike reacts to the new Magnetti Marelli electronics and also the tyres, though a change of riding style from the rider is also needed. The Spaniard will next be on track in Sepang in February when Aprilia are set to debut their all-new 2016 machine.

Alvaro Bautista: “It’s a shame I wasn’t able to finish the job today. Unfortunately, after the crash this morning I was feeling pain in my neck and we decided to stop in order to avoid any complications. I was able to go out with the new electronics and I found that it was better than the last test at Valencia. Now I’ll relax after this long season so that I can come back even more pumped up for the 2016 Sepang tests."

MotoGP, 2016, Alvaro Bautista, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

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