BAUTISTA CONFIDENT ABOUT RACEDAY FIGHTBACK

2018-04-23 01:29
Ángel Nieto Team rider, together with teammate Karel Abraham, intend to move their way up the field on Sunday at COTA
Pole position for the 2018 Grand Prix of The Americas went to Marc Márquez, for the sixth consecutive year. He has been dominant at the track since 2013, and not even a crash today could keep him from taking the top spot. Maverick Viñales was four tenths slower, and Andrea Iannone five tenths. The front row of the grid at the Circuit of The Americas will thus feature three different manufacturers in search of victory in the race tomorrow.

Álvaro Bautista is confident of his ability to make a comeback in the race tomorrow, after taking twentieth place qualifying at the Grand Prix of The Americas. The Ángel Nieto Team rider lost time on his fastest lap when he went wide to avoid colliding with another rider, but he ended the day with a feeling of improvement and aims to continue with that tomorrow. Karel Abraham was only able to complete a pair of laps of the American track, after crashing out at the fast Turn 10. The Czech rider escaped uninjured but sore. He will also target a raceday fightback on Sunday at 2pm local time.

21st Álvaro Bautista 2:06.296: "After today, I feel confident and I believe that in the race we can improve considerably on our grid position. I don’t know if I can get into the Top 10, but that might be the goal tomorrow. We will try to give everything, because today we saw improvement and I hope to be more competitive. We tried some modifications to the front that have given us some more confidence. I lost some time in qualifying on my hot lap, because I had to go wide to avoid crashing into another rider. I almost crashed on two occasions; it's something that happens when you ride at the limit but you have no contact with the tyres. Tomorrow in the warmup we will try to test the medium tyres to see if they might be an option for the race, because I think they can be consistent over a long distance."

23rd Karel Abraham 2:06.537: "Today was a tough day. We tried to push but we didn’t get a good result. My first lap in qualifying was good, but on the second, at Turn 10, I lost the front end and I fell at a very high speed. I am pretty sore, as it was a heavy fall. We couldn’t get a good position for tomorrow, but we will not stop fighting in the race to get the best possible result."

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