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Bautista beats Bradl for top five finish

Alvaro Bautista makes gains in the overall standings after securing only his second top five finish of the season at Indianapolis.
Alvaro Bautista has given his flagging MotoGP World Championship season a timely boost with a run to the top five for only the second time this season at Indianapolis.

The Spaniard has endured a troubled run of form since his career-best run to fourth at Silverstone in June, but showed glimpses of that form on the way to a hard fought fifth place at Indianapolis.

Crucially finishing ahead of fellow satellite Honda rider Bradl, Bautista would find himself just six seconds shy of the podiums, a vast improvement on Mugello and Laguna Seca when he finished 24secs and 43secs away from the rostrum.

“My target was to make a good start, and I did," the Gresini Honda rider said. "I overtook some riders and stayed in the podium group, but in the end I made a small mistake and lost some distance between myself and Stoner.

“It was not a bad result because in the last two races I had a lot of problem with the feeling for the bike, and I am still not 100 per cent with my feeling for the bike, so I cannot ride like I want.

“But this is a positive result, and it gives us a lot of confidence for the next races. The team is doing very good, and they are doing the maximum. We know that the limit is so high in the category, and it is difficult to stay with the front guys. But we will try in the next race to be closer to the front.”

Bautista's fifth place moves him from ninth to seventh in the overall standings, two points behind sixth place man Bradl.

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M1M - Unregistered

August 20, 2012 3:32 PM

Bautista has to use the Nissin brakes and Showa suspension that Gresini have adopted this year, probably at HRC's insistence, using them as a test squad. If they gain any clear advantage, the same equipment will be given to the factory team, even if it means breaking a contract mid-season as they did to get Pedrosa on Bridgestones. It's impossible to know whether the unique brakes and suspension present any advantage or disadvantage at the moment, but lacking the wealth of technical data available to all the other teams, who've been using Brembo and Ohlins for years, must make finding a set up considerably more difficult each weekend.


August 21, 2012 12:04 AM

@ pcxmac ..and WHY do you consider Bautista a better rider than Bradl? Bradl's rookie year is turning out to be better than Bautista's 2 1/2 years in GP (with a significantly better rookie season as well). I'm just trying to understand what Bautista has done to garner such a statement.

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