Alvaro Bautista was content with his Sunday showing at Aragon, where he placed a competitive eighth, just behind factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso.

The Spaniard was involved in a pulsating five-rider dice for fourth place throughout the 23-lap race, and while he wasn’t overly enamoured with his final placing, the gap of just 7.9 seconds to race winner Marc Marquez led Bautista to label the showing “a good performance.”

Finding himself directly behind Dovizioso in the closing laps, Bautista stated the riskiness of any possible attempted move, and instead opted for the safe option of coming home for his sixth top-eight finish of the year.

“In the morning we had a bike problem that meant we couldn't try a setting to improve the traction on corner exit,” he said. “In the race I lost a lot of time exiting the slow corners and I had to recover it in the braking area.

“All the way through the race it was like there was elastic between me and the group in front. It wasn't easy to ride in this way but at the end I could stay with the second group.

“For a lot of laps we were faster than the front riders and while eighth place isn't a good finish to be only eight seconds from the win is a good performance. With the problems in acceleration it means that I am happy.

“We made the right tyre choice. I used the soft rear for the race because in the practice I had did only seven laps on the tyre so I wasn't sure which to use but in the end it was consistent and it was the right choice.”

Asked whether he had decided against a move on fellow Ducati man Dovizioso, due to the Italian’s championship placing, Bautista responded, “In a race when you're on the limit you need to take some risks to make an overtaking move. In the end this eighth was the maximum I could do and to finish behind Dovi.”

Looking ahead to the Japanese Grand Prix, Bautista stated the importance of finding a cure for the rear grip issues he encountered throughout this race.

“It's clear that if you don't have good mechanical grip the electronics can't fix that. You can't gain traction with electronics it can only help what you already have. We missed the mechanical grip and we need to work on this for the future.

“At Motegi it's very important so need to analyse the data and see where we can improve because we lost a lot to the other manufacturers. Compared to the Yamaha, Honda and Aprilia I lost a lot when we were accelerating from the slow speed corners.”


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