Alvaro Bautista finally finished his first race of the season as the Gresini Honda rider crossed the line I sixth position at Jerez.

Bautista put a disastrous run of luck behind him after three successive spills in Qatar, Texas and Argentina as the Spaniard battled with Andrea Dovizioso for fifth place on the final lap.

Dovizioso defended the position, but Bautista was relieved to finally put some points on the board.

"Today's race was not bad, despite a difficult weekend. The team worked in a fantastic way, but we couldn't find a good setting for the race, so I knew it would have been tough," he said.

"At the start I immediately struggled with front grip, losing the front end in several parts of the track.

"In any case, I tried to keep my pace and when I saw that the riders in front of me were opening a gap, I kept calm. Later I started to recover and I was also able to overtake them.

"The last lap battle with Dovizioso was exciting: congratulations to him, who defended very well the fifth position. It must be said that given our situation I preferred not to take too many risks: our primary goal was to finish the race," he added.

"I'm glad I finished my first Grand Prix of the season and I hope that from now on we can be competitive as we were in winter testing and in the first race."


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