FIGHTBACK FOR 12+1 BY BAUTISTA

2018-03-19 08:01
MotoGP Ángel Nieto Team riders both finish in the points in Qatar
The first MotoGP race of the season provided a thrilling duel between Marc Márquez and Andrea Dovizioso, which lasted right until the final corner in the same fashion as last year's races in Austria and Japan. The result of the Qatar GP was the same as those two races, as Dovizioso claimed victory ahead of his Spanish rival, with Valentino Rossi completing the podium.

The Ángel Nieto Team riders both made comebacks during the race at Losail, with Álvaro Bautista and Karel Abraham both placing in the points. Bautista climbed up to 12+1 and added three points to his tally, having started the contest from 21st on the grid. He was just five seconds off the riders in the Top 10. A few positions ahead behind was teammate Karel Abraham. The Czech rider also made his way up the order, gaining four places and claiming a point. He did, however, lament a pair of incidents during the race that led to him having to overcome setbacks. The next MotoGP race of the 2018 season takes place in Argentina, on April 6th-8th.

12+1 Álvaro Bautista: “We've got three points, which isn't what we were looking for but we were starting from 21st and fought as hard as the bike allowed. I hope to keep gaining confidence and improving the setup of the bike. I wanted to give my all in this race, and we can see that I finished 19 seconds off the winner, after losing 6 or 7 seconds on the opening lap. It isn't really much of a difference, although it is in MotoGP. I'm struggling to get heat into the tyres, and that's why I lost time, but when I got them warm I found a good pace and overtook several riders. It's been a difficult weekend, just like in preseason, as we worked hard and didn't get the result we wanted."

15th Karel Abraham: “On one hand I am very happy to have scored a point, but I’m also angry that we didn’t achieve some of the things we could have achieved in this race. The start was good, many riders went wide and I was able to go inside and gain a few places. Unfortunately then Syahrin had a wobble in front of me; I think he clipped another rider, and when I avoided him several riders overtook me. We didn’t quite have the same grip tonight and on the second lap, coming out of Turn 5, I opened the throttle and almost highsided -so another three or four riders went past. It was a shame because if it hadn't have been for those moments I think I could have made up a lot of time in the early part of the race. After that I was trying hard to stay on the limit; I didn’t feel as good on the bike as yesterday, I had some shaking with the front and the rear so I had to be careful on the throttle. I’m not 100% happy with that and with a better start I think maybe a top ten was achievable, but in any case I think it was a good race."

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