Having been cast as the MotoGP villain for his part in Jorge Lorenzo elimination from the Dutch TT a week ago, Alvaro Bautista went some way to amending his reputation with a strong ride from the back of the grid in the German Grand Prix.
The Gresini Honda rider was punished with starting the German Grand Prix from 21st and last position as a consequence for the error that saw him skittle Lorenzo off the circuit at the start of the Assen race, but in doing so got opportunity to show his form by charging through the field.
Though the CRT bikes posed little challenge for the more accomplished Honda, the time it took to get past the nine machines did cost Bautista ground and it was only in the closing stages that he was able to latch himself on the busy chasing pack disputing sixth (which would become fifth on the final lap when Casey Stoner crashed out).
Once there, Bautista fought his way to the front for a short time, only to make an error that would demote him to what would become seventh place. Despite this, Bautista was pleased to put in a performance that moves on from last week's controversy.
“I am happy because to start from last and finish seventh is a good result. It's just a shame that I lost so much time at the start trying to pass the CRTs. I was trying to do it without taking too many risks and then once I got past them I had a lot of sliding from the rear tyre, which made it a long and difficult race.
“I tried to adapt my riding style and use the throttle in a different way and in the second half of the race I was able to close down the guys in front of me.
“I actually managed to pass Rossi and Bradl on the penultimate lap but I lost the front and almost crashed. I wanted to try again on the last lap but as we came into the braking zone at the bottom of the hill I could see the yellow flags so that was that. I had another look in the last corner but couldn't make the pass.
“Anyway, the result is good and for that I want to thank the team for giving 100 per cent all weekend even though they knew this would be a tough race. ”