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Bautista: “The instrument cluster signaled some errors”

 Bautista: “The instrument cluster signaled some errors”

A crash in Warm Up and technical issues during the race turned into a top ten in France for a consistent Alvaro Bautista.

Error signals on his dashboard saw Alvaro Bautista have a cautious start to the French GP and saw him end lap two in last place. Fortunately the warning signals disappeared and Bautista was able to resume pushing, quickly getting past Loris Baz (Avintia Racing) and his own Aprilia Racing Team Gresini teammate Stefan Bradl. Eugene Laverty (Aspar Team MotoGP) was next on his list, all the while he was being propelled into the top ten due to eight riders crashing out of the race. As the saying goes: ‘To finish first, first you must finish,’ Bautista showing the importance of consistency as he picked up his second top ten finish of the season with ninth. Aside from the championship points, the race finish also brought with is more much needed data for Aprilia who continue to work on and improve the RS-GP. Ninth is Bautista's best ever finish aboard the Aprilia in the MotoGP™ World Championship.

Alvaro Bautista: “This morning we tried something different and, despite the crash, we noticed an improvement. Unfortunately, in the race the instrument cluster signaled some errors during the first laps so I started off cautiously. Then everything sorted itself out and I was able to find my pace. In terms of performance, the race was the best session of the weekend. Starting from behind I was able to recover positions and, to be honest; I did not expect to finish ninth. I'm very pleased and I must really thank the mechanics for fixing the bike after the crash during warm up and Aprilia for their continued work on the RS-GP.”

MotoGP, 2016, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, RAC, Alvaro Bautista, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, Reaction

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