Valuable ninth place for Bautista after tireless fight at Brno

2018-08-05 10:26
Ángel Nieto Team rider gains places on the final laps of the Czech Grand Prix, whilst teammate Karel Abraham finishes 18th.

Andrea Dovizioso started the second half of the MotoGP season with a victory that brings him back into the fight for the World Championship. The Italian completed a Ducati double along with teammate Jorge Lorenzo at the Czech Grand Prix, taking the factory to second in the standings. Marc Márquez remains the leader of the Rider World Championship and extended his lead over Valentino Rossi, after finishing third today ahead of the Italian. Márquez was involved in a final battle amongst the podium finishers along with Ducati duo, but was held off despite countless attempts to overtake.

Álvaro Bautista took a valuable ninth position in the Czech Grand Prix, in a race in which he never gave up. The Spaniard was eleventh at the start of the second half of the race, but was several seconds ahead of those behind him. He managed to impose a strong pace, clocking the fastest lap of the race at that point (1:56.772) to cut the gap to the group fighting for eighth. On the final three laps he managed to overtake two rivals to get back into the Top 10, placing ninth. Teammate Karel Abraham started from twenty-second on the grid and was well positioned after the start, but an incident on the opening corners held him up and cost him several places. Despite this, he fought back to eighteenth place at the chequered flag for his home race.

9th Álvaro Bautista: "It was a race of two halves: In the first I had the worst feeling that I’ve had in recent races, but in the second half there was a radical change and I set the fastest lap of the race until the three riders on the podium bested it late on. The strange thing about today was the start: I got off the line well but I was not able to stop the bike, and I almost crashed three or four times. I wasn’t comfortable, and I thought we had lost the race because it was impossible to ride. However, in the second half I managed to go fast and I was able to fight for the Top 8, but I was only able to overtake two of the three riders in the group; I needed one more lap to overtake Pedrosa. I'm happy with the second part of the race, but we have to analyse the first half, because we could have done just as well as in Germany and fight for the Top 5."

18th Karel Abraham: "It's hard for me to say it, because I think a rider can always push a little more, but I think we gave our all today. The start was not bad, but in the third corner there was an incident between several riders. I was a bit cautious then and several rivals overtook me. Little by little I regained positions until I caught Nakagami, who was already far away. I got in front of Guintoli but I had problems with the rear and the bike cut the power, so he came back and overtook me. I needed to change the race mapping, but couldn’t until several laps later according to our strategy. When I could do that, I regained my position along with Guintoli. It's a shame we weren’t able to reach Nakagami and Luthi, because I think I could have fought with them."


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