Alvaro Bautista gained two MotoGP World Championship points with a solid ride to 14th at the Sachsenring as he continues to make sound progress on the Gresini Aprilia.

Bautista finished only two seconds behind the Avintia Ducati of Hector Barbera and more than three seconds ahead of rookie Jack Miller on the CWM LCR Honda.

The Spaniard struggled with rear grip on the V4 in the second half of the race but Bautista is satisfied with the efforts being made by his team.

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"I made a great start, moving up a few positions and in the early laps I was able to stay with the second group easily. With new tyres we do well," he said.

"Unfortunately when the tyre started to wear I struggled with the lack of rear grip. We made some changes to the electronics with the team - and my thanks goes to them for the great job they are doing, specifically to handle this situation - and by changing the settings I was able to finish without taking too many risks.

"The placement is good but now we need to improve this aspect in the second half of the race, just like we were able to successfully solve the chattering problem that hindered me at Assen."

Northern Ireland's Michael Laverty, making his race debut on the Aprilia after being called into the team to replace Marco Melandri in Germany, finished in 20th position.

"I got off the line well and was battling with the Open Hondas and [Loris] Baz. I felt comfortable but at a certain point I began to lose rear grip going into turns.

"I dropped back a few positions and then I wasn't able to make up the lost ground. It's a shame because in the last ten laps I began to figure out how to ride in those conditions, moving my position forward and putting more weight on the front tyre. I learned a lot in this race," Laverty said.

"It was a great experience and I am quite pleased with how it went."