By Stephen English

Alvaro Bautista snatched fifth place from Cal Crutchlow at the end of the Malaysian MotoGP, after a race long duel to be the leading satellite rider in Sepang.

Afterwards Bautista revealed that a brake problem had hindered him for the majority of the 20 lap race.

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"It was a difficult and hard race but I made a good start and stayed with the front group," said Bautista. "After five laps I had a problem with the front brake and I missed some stopping power and then I couldn't push because I couldn't brake like I want to. I started to battle with Cal and it was fun and in the end fifth place was not too bad. I'm happy with the place but without the brake problem I could have stayed closer to the first group."

The fight with Crutchlow lasted for the duration of the race and the 11 points moved Bautista ahead of the absent Stefan Bradl in the championship. But that was of little concern to the Spaniard who is concentrating on getting the best possible result at races rather than focussing on the standings.

A resurfaced Philip Island awaits the MotoGP circus next weekend and having had a strong result last year Bautista will be looking forward to another opportunity to fight for the top five:

"There is new asphalt at Philip Island so we will see [how the track is] and who is fastest. Last year we did a really good race and we battled and finished in fifth place so we will try and stay at our recent level and that is our target. I don't think about the championship and I am focussing on each race. I gained one position but for me it is not better or worse. I try to concentrate and do my best at each race so I'm looking forward to Philip Island."