Sensational sixth for Bautista in Germany2017-07-02 19:01
Sachsenring has been Marc Márquez territory since 2010 and it stayed that way today after a performance that only local rookie Jonas Folger was able to get close to. The Spanish rider led all but five laps of a race that also saw Folger take his turn at the front, to the delight of the home crowd. Dani Pedrosa was again on the podium in Germany to edge closer to the championship leaders, with the top four now separated by just ten points thanks to the victory of Marquez combined with fourth place for Maverick Viñales, fifth for Valentino Rossi and eighth for Andrea Dovizioso, going into the mid-season break.
Álvaro Bautista produced a sensational race in Germany, setting a strong and consistent pace that allowed him to move from fourteenth place on the first lap to sixth place at the end. The Pull & Bear Aspar rider finished just five seconds behind the podium positions as he ended the ninth race of the season as the top Ducati. The Spaniard was satisfied with his best result other than fourth in Argentina and fifth in Italy, and is determined to pick up where he left off when the season resumes. Karel Abraham had mixed emotions after clocking his best lap times of the weekend during the race but finishing in seventeenth position. The Czech made up several positions in the early stages but was unable to maintain his charge as the tyres dropped off. Abraham will return to the track along with the rest of MotoGP riders at his home GP in the Czech Republic in the first week of August.
6th Álvaro Bautista: "I'm happy because I knew I had a good rhythm in the dry, and although qualifying and the conditions on track yesterday were not the best, today I've had some fun going forward. We have been consistent throughout the race. This year we have had some bad luck but our true level should always be like in this race. Let's be positive and think that everything will be fine from now on. We will recharge the batteries to get stronger and try to continue closing on the leaders. It is difficult to fight for the top five, there are a lot of factory bikes, but we will try to give the maximum in each race. Talk of a podium is almost impossible, unless circumstances dictate. You have to be realistic and optimistic and think that finishing in the top six of the World Championship with all the bikes that are out there can be a great result.
17th Karel Abraham: “I have mixed feelings after that rave because we set our best lap times of the weekend and had a really strong race, in my opinion, but unfortunately we only ended up with seventeenth place, which is not good. I started from P20 and struggled in the beginning, to be honest I think I need to be much more aggressive over the first few laps. So I lost some ground there and also at the end of the race I was struggling with the rest and it was spinning and sliding so much I couldn't handle it and lost contact with Smith. However if you compare our lap times with the other Ducati our performance was quite good. So all in all it was a bittersweet race for us.”
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