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Bautista raises Suzuki spirits

Rookie Alvaro Bautista produced a stand-out ride in Sunday's Catalan Grand Prix, where he claimed Suzuki's best race finish of the season with fifth position.

A previous best of tenth in the premier-class, Bautista spent the first half of the race in seventh, which became sixth when Marco Simoncelli crashed and fifth when Andrea Dovizioso slid out.

But Bautista had to work hard to keep the position, with fellow rookie Ben Spies - a podium finisher at Silverstone - hounding him in the closing stages. Bautista kept fifth by just 0.142sec at the chequered flag.

"I am very happy because this fifth position is like winning the race after the last few races we've had," said Bautista. "We really needed this result, for me, for my team and especially for Suzuki.

"I was very strong all weekend and was confident that I could do a good race here. I was very concentrated at the start because I knew if I could start well I could stay with the group in front. I did that, but I did have a bit of a problem in the race with the hard-braking places because I didn't feel that the bike was entering the corners like in the practice.

"In the last laps I saw that Spies was coming very fast and I tried to push a bit more, but the rear tyre was used up and I couldn't do any more, so I rode tight for the last lap to make sure I got fifth position," he added.

“I am so pleased for Álvaro here today, because to see him come back from his injury - and the problems it's caused him in the last few weeks – to such a high level, is a fantastic achievement," added team manager Paul Denning. "He thoroughly deserved his top-five finish."

Suzuki's previous best 2010 race finish was ninth by Loris Capirossi at round one in Qatar, and Bautista gave his reputation a huge boost by beating the experienced Italian in Sunday's race.

Capirossi was behind Bautista from start-to-finish as he struggled with a tyre 'mistake', eventually taking the flag in seventh place.

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Woop! - Unregistered

July 05, 2010 11:35 AM

Great race by Alvaro, congratulations! And seeing Loris' result as well let's hope this is not just a flash in the pan, but maybe a sign of where the blue bike can be with a fit and hungry rider. Please Suzuki, put some more effort into this. It's a shame to see good riders wobble around the back of the field most of the time because they don't have even remotely competitive machinery.


July 05, 2010 4:40 PM
Last Edited 60 days ago

@shinchan There wasn't one more lap!!!!!GET OVER IT!!!!!! Your boy Spies f4cked up his race with a mistake. Yes he was faster but he didn't finish ahead of Bautista at the chequered flag and thats all that matters.

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