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Frustrating finish for Bautista in Spain

Alvaro Bautista gets caught up in the first corner melee in Valencia to end the season on a low note.
Alvaro Bautista hopes of completing his and Suzuki's 2011 MotoGP World Championship season in style at Valencia came to an abrupt end after getting embroiled in a first corner collision.

Starting from fifth position, Bautista claims he was clipped by Andrea Dovizioso under braking into the opening bend, sending him down and into the path of Ducati trio Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden and Randy de Puniet.

A disappointing end to a season that has shown promise, particularly in the second-half, but not always the results, Bautista's disappointment is magnified by the fact Suzuki is still yet to confirm whether or not it will return to MotoGP in 2012 [see separate story].

“It has been a bad way to end the year, because before the race I was expecting to be fighting for the podium,” he said. “In all conditions we had been fast this weekend and I thought we would have a good race today. In the first corner we all arrived together and I was between Andrea and Valentino. Unfortunately Andrea hit my front wheel with his rear tyre and I couldn't do anything to save the crash.

“The worst thing was that I hit three other riders and they crashed as well, I am sorry for them and also sorry for the team and all the fans. This year has been very tough, it didn't start very well when I broke my left femur and although we did a good job – especially in the middle of the season when I was totally fit, both mentally and physically - we haven't finished with that many good results.

“I got more and more confident in the bike as the season went on and the work we have done has been amazing, we have come such a long way. Thanks to Suzuki for all they have done and thanks to my team, they work 100% in all races and I think everybody has been able to see the improvement on the track. Thanks also to everybody that has supported me and Rizla Suzuki in 2011, and now we will have to see what happens for next year.”

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November 06, 2011 5:29 PM

LL: Well, it was shown on camera that he DID go to Hayden's garage directly afterwards to say sorry, so it's unfair to implicitly accuse him of bad sportsmanship, he's always been more than fair throughout his career. I don't really see why people try to put all the blame on him, it was just a race incident which unfortunately took out four riders, but luckily everyone is okay. Dovi did move right in front of him and he did brake too late which in combination made for a first corner disaster in a packed field. Neither him nor Dovi is to blame for that in my opinion and starting some sort of vendetta like a few fans of the other crashed riders seem to be going for right now is blowing this whole thing WAY out of proportion. Race incident, s*** happens, on to the next GP. Aside from that, hoping Suzuki actually do stay and finally get their act together with the 1000cc bike...

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