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Bautista reaches sixth from poor qualifying
19 September 2011
Starting just eleventh on the grid, Rizla Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista salvaged a competitive sixth place finish in Sunday's Aragon round.
“I wanted to have a good race in front of my home fans, so I pushed as hard as I could to make the bike and tyres work right from the beginning, but I didn't get a good start and other riders got in my way in the first corner and it was quite difficult to overtake early on," explained Bautista.
"I got up to Hector [Barbra] and Nicky [Hayden] we had a big battle and fought a lot between us and when I got into sixth the riders in front were very far away and I was still fighting with the other two, so I couldn't get a good rhythm.
"In the last laps I made a break from the other two and was able to ride more consistently and smoother and pull away to secure the sixth place. It was a good result, but I think if the conditions had been the same as qualifying we had the potential to be with the group fighting for podium positions."
The result marked Bautista's third top-six finish of the season, but once again the team were left feeling that much more was possible.
“We are really happy with Álvaro's efforts and the performance of the GSV-R, and the focus continues to be the same as it has been - that is to qualify better and get more out of the fresh tyres at the start of the race," said team manager Paul Denning.
"Those two things are definitely connected, in that if we qualify better and are following the quick guys in the early laps we have a much better chance of hanging in there with them.
"I think Motegi will suit Álvaro and the Suzuki, and we are looking forward to giving Suzuki's Japanese fans something to remember when we go there next month.”
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