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Fifth in standings main aim for Bautista

"The objective is to make sure of fifth place in the championship" - Alvaro Bautista.
Alvaro Bautista heads for this weekend's Valencia MotoGP season finale looking to cement a solid debut season at Gresini Honda by securing fifth place in the final world championship standings.

To put that into perspective, Bautista finished 13th overall during his previous MotoGP seasons with Suzuki, and has also claimed his first premier-class podiums and a pole position in 2012.

That has contributed to an eight-point lead over Ducati's Valentino Rossi and 14-point advantage over Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow heading to the final round.

“Now we go to Valencia, which is always a special round because it is the last race of the season and it's at home,” said Bautista.

“The objective is to make sure of fifth place in the championship and we will be working hard from Friday to solve the problems we have found with the bike at other circuits.

“Valencia is a very technical and slow circuit, you never a get a break because the bike is constantly leaned over and changing direction.

“There is a new track surface this year so we'll have to wait and see what the grip is like - the data we got from the test last year won't be of much use.

“I have been on the podium a few times in the past at Valencia but it's not one of my favourite circuits.”

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Bautista, Australian MotoGP 2012
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Cal Crutchlow at Austria test (pic: LCR).
Cal Crutchlow at Austria test (pic: LCR).
Casey Stoner at Austria test (pic: Ducati)
Andrea Dovizioso at Austria test (pic: Ducati)
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Iannone at Austria test *pic: Ducati).
Rossi, German MotoGP Race 2016
Rossi, Crutchlow, Dovizioso checking tyres, bike swap, German MotoGP Race 2016
Dovizioso, Rossi, bike swap, German MotoGP Race 2016
Bautista bike swap, German MotoGP Race 2016
Rossi, German MotoGP Race 2016
Rossi, German MotoGP Race 2016
Rossi, German MotoGP Race 2016
Rossi, German MotoGP Race 2016
Bautista, German MotoGP Race 2016
Rossi, German MotoGP Race 2016

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November 06, 2012 8:46 PM

Pam - couldn't agree more. Its all well and good for people to moan about the potential 'dumbing down' of MotoGP (and WSBK) and bleat on about how the tech makes the bikes the 'pinnacle' of racing. All of which is actually killing racing. As you say, it is the human element and the skills of the top riders pitting themselves against their peers and the track that is the real value and the real future of motorcycle racing, and the sooner there is a return to those values the better IMO. Alvaro and the other protagonists (& their teams & sponsors) deserve to have an equal opportunity to compete and show what they can do when the game isn't rigged.

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