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Qatar MotoGP: Bautista loses front while holding third

Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista gifts third place to Dani Pedrosa in Qatar MotoGP following 'strange' spill
Alvaro Bautista was left bitterly disappointed after the Gresini Honda rider fell in the latter stages of the Qatar MotoGP while holding third place.

Bautista was part of a long list of fallers at the Losail circuit but was uncertain over the exact cause of the spill, which denied the Spaniard the chance to fight for a podium finish, handing third to Dani Pedrosa on a plate.

“Luckily I'm fine, but it was a strange crash. I entered corner number two in the same way as the previous laps but I suddenly lost the front,” he said.

“I had some problems with the brakes during the race: I don't know if this has contributed to the fall, however I am very sorry for the team. Until the crash I was having fun battling for the first positions. My start was not so good, but gradually I was able to charge through the field,” added Bautista.

“At one point I found myself in second place and surely we could get on the podium. I apologise to the team and my fans, and I hope to bring home the result next time.”

Tagged as: Dani Pedrosa , Bautista

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March 24, 2014 12:41 PM

Garcia, your comment clearly shows that you have no clue what you are talking about and probably haven't even seen the race... or just imagined what you wanted to see, seemingly holding a grudge against Bautista for whatever reason. He was already well past Pedrosa for almost a lap when he crashed and he was likely trying to pull away from him further to secure third place which probably caused the crash when he pushed harder on a slippery track, just like Bradl, Smith and all the others lost grip earlier in the race. But he had passed Pedrosa a long time before that moment and if you would actually pay attention to what happens in a race instead of nourishing your ill feelings against one rider or another and making weird predictions in your head, you might even be able to enjoy the racing and respect riders for what they are doing instead of acting like you know it all from the comfort of your couch.


March 24, 2014 1:37 PM

@Garcia I'm pretty sure nanya21 doesn't agree with your "opinion" that Bautista crashed while "trying to overtake Pedrosa", likely because that's not what actually happened. I don't understand how anyone can say that they know for certain that a crash is coming just by watching the race. We saw a lot of riders go down, most of whom showed no signs of binning it prior to doing so. So what if Bautista gets the bike squiggly? Marquez does that sometimes too. That's just the way they get around the circuit. Just because a guy like Lorenzo rides as smooth as silk doesn't mean he's any less on the limit than someone like Bautista. It's their job, after all, to be on it.

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