Alvaro Bautista opened his 125cc account for both season and career at today's 125cc Spanish Grand Prix.
The Spanish youngster gave the home crowd something to cheer about early on with an impressive performance, finishing well ahead of Lukas Pesek and Mattia Pasini, who took second and third.
Pesek had the best start, whilst Pasini dropped to sixth from pole. However Bautista moved himself to the front on lap 2, and after exchanging places with Pesek, turned on the gas as he broke away and never looked back. Pesek managed the gap back to the chasing group to hold on to second, whilst Pasini held off the challenges from Julian Simon and Mika Kallio to seal third.
"It's always a great feeling to win a race, but to win your first Grand Prix here, at Jerez, in front of all the Spanish fans, and after having changed teams during winter, the feeling is incredible," grinned Bautista. "I really wasn't expecting this today, but I want to thank my team for getting my bike right, and also the fans for their fantastic support during the whole weekend."
125cc top ten – Spanish Grand Prix:
1. Bautista (Aprilia)
2. Pesek (Derbi) +3.072secs
3. Pasini (Aprilia) +6.491secs
4. Kallio (KTM) +6.693secs
5. Simon (KTM) +6.877secs
6. Faubel (Aprilia) +7.137secs
7. Gadea (Aprilia) +7.291secs
8. Talmacsi (Honda) +19.931secs
9. Olive (Aprilia) +22.886secs
10. Nieto (Aprilia) +27.176secs
17. Smith (Honda) +50.685secs