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STONER CONTINUES ISLAND REIGN, HAYDEN 0.038 SECONDS OFF THE PODIUM
Casey Stoner extended his dominance of the Australian Grand Prix to a fourth successive season today, leading from start to finish at Phillip Island to take his third victory from the last four rounds of the MotoGP World Championship. Stoner has led every MotoGP lap but one here since 2007 and after taking pole position yesterday and finishing 1.890 seconds quicker than his nearest rival in warm-up this morning he was untouchable in the afternoon, crossing the line 8.598 seconds clear of Jorge Lorenzo.
Nicky Hayden came through from sixth on the grid to mount a sensational battle for the podium, passing three riders on the first lap before exchanging positions with Marco Simoncelli, Ben Spies and Valentino Rossi in a breathtaking opening to the race. A pass on Rossi with three laps remaining looked to be enough to seal third place but the Italian staged a late attack to edge out the American by just 0.038 seconds at the line.
CASEY STONER (Ducati Team) 1st
"This feels really nice. I think when I won two in a row here nobody expected me to make it three but having done that I felt there was a lot of expectation on me today. To be fair we have been going for the win at the last four races - unfortunately I slipped off on the first lap at Sepang but we've made up for that this weekend. Everything has gone well for us, we have been happy with the bike from the first practice and the support from the fans has been fantastic. I have to admit that before the race I was feeling the pressure, I was more nervous than I normally am but maybe I should be like that more often because I didn't make mistakes! I am really happy with the way I rode today but every single person in the team has done a great job this weekend so my thanks go to them and I hope we can keep it going to the end of the season."
NICKY HAYDEN - (Ducati Team) 4th
"It was a good, hard battle in the sunshine and I am very disappointed to have lost. It would have been a lot cooler if it was for the win but fighting with Valentino Rossi for any position is never easy. We made a few changes to the bike today but this morning in the warm-up I ran off the track and we missed the opportunity to try them, so it took me a few laps just to get used to the bike. I have to say the team did a fantastic job because once I got going it felt great and I was able to recover the gap. I don't want to make excuses or be a cry baby and say 'maybe if I did this or that it would be different' because the bottom line is I got fourth, I got beaten. I feel down because this is a track I love, I felt good and to beat Rossi on the last lap would have been really good for me but I can't dress it up. I feel like I let the team down today because they gave me the bike to do the job but I didn't get it done."
VITTORIANO GUARESCHI - TEAM MANAGER
"Casey was simply incredible this weekend. He was fast from the start here in practice, he took pole position, set an unbelievable pace in warm-up and then produced a frightening race. We don't know where his true limit was today because I think if he needed to he could have won by an even bigger margin. Nicky also had a great race - he was fast, determined and he only missed the podium by 0.038 seconds to Valentino. At Aragon he won a similar battle, today he lost, but the important thing is that he was there, riding as he was and in a position to fight for the podium. Our bike is working really well now - I would say we have found the right balance for it over the last five races and now we have two left that I think we can do well in."
Super Spies claims top rookie award in Australia
Ben Spies set another personal milestone in his stunning 2010 MotoGP world championship campaign today, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider's hard fought fifth place in the Australian Grand Prix securing him the coveted Rookie of the Year award.
After a weekend of typically unpredictable conditions at Phillip Island, today's 27-lap race started under sunny skies with temperatures hitting a weekend high of 15 degrees. Spies made a flying start from the front row of the grid but slipped back to sixth after nearly touching new world champion Jorge Lorenzo as the field jostled for position at turn two.
The 26-year-old was back in the hunt for his third podium by lap five, Spies executing thrilling overtakes to move by fellow American Nicky Hayden and Marco Simoncelli. But a small mistake under heavy braking for the perilously fast first turn dropped Spies back to sixth on lap eight.
He quickly regained his composure but was unable to restart his rostrum challenge with Hayden and Valentino Rossi pulling clear. Spies had a determined Simoncelli to occupy his mind though, the Italian seizing fifth on lap 19. Content to shadow Simoncelli, Spies quickly realised he could lap much faster and claimed back fifth on lap 23. Displaying his expertise on worn tyres, a magnificent late attack broke Simoncelli's resolve to ensure Spies lifted the Rookie of the Year title with two races remaining. And his latest top six result means he will also finish top non-factory rider in 2010.
Colin Edwards got his bid for a top ten world championship finish back o n track today, the experienced Texan claiming seventh. Edwards was hopeful of fighting for a top six finish but he spent the majority of the race adapting his riding style to counter a small rear grip issue. With just two races remaining at Estoril and Valencia, Edwards is just three-points away from an overall top ten finish.
Ben Spies 5th - 163 points
"Jorge and I got super close coming out of the first corner and he almost touched my brake lever. It made me run wide in turn two and a couple of people came by. It didn't ruin the race but it ruined me building up some momentum. I fought my way back into third and was pretty comfortable when I ran wide at the first corner on lap seven. I got in there a bit hot and the rear came round. Everybody got a run on me and came by and dropped me back to sixth. I then had a good battle with Simoncelli. I kind of towed him around and h e picked up his pace and came by me. Once I knew nobody was behind me, I just waited until a few laps from the end to push and pass him back. I made sure I got a decent gap and chilled out in fifth. At the end I was running times that if everything had gone smoothly, I feel like we could have battled for the podium. Towards the end of the race I was running similar times to those ahead of me and that's all I can do. I'm happy to be Rookie of the Year too. I beat a lot of good guys for that and it will be an achievement I can be proud of at the end of the season. I've had some good results on this three-week stretch and I'm now looking forward to the last two rounds."
Colin Edwards 7th - 90 points
"The pace I'd run all weekend was pretty much the pace I was able to run in the race. Conditions changed so much over the weekend that we never really got enough time to work on findi ng a decent set-up. I was confident going into the race and got a decent start but pretty much from the second corner I was having some spinning from the rear tyre. I tried to adjust my riding style because I didn't want to lose contact with the group in front of me. I settled into a comfortable rhythm but I just couldn't go any faster. I was trying different lines but I couldn't enter the corner like I wanted to. My speed was basically dictated by what the rear was doing, but we'll look at the data and figure a few things out for the final part of the season. I want to thank my guys at Monster Yamaha Tech 3. This has been a tough period of the season but we've worked really hard together and I'm happy with the way I've performed. Congratulations to Ben too for getting Rookie of the Year. He's rode awesome all year and he's beaten a lot of good guys to achieve that."
Herve Poncharal - Team Manager
"Ben's amazing season just gets better and better. To win the Rookie of the Year title with two races to go is a fantastic achievement for him and all of his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew. A lot of very talented riders came from the 250cc class into MotoGP this year and they knew all the tracks, which Ben didn't. He's done a magnificent job and done it with another impressive top five finish. Simoncelli never gave up but Ben was too strong for him and showed how strong he is on used tyres. Without a couple of problems in the early laps, I think he could have battled with Valentino and Nicky for the podium. I'd like to thank Colin for all his efforts in this run of three races because he has been very consistent, qualifying very well and showing strong form in the races. He might have expected to be a bit higher up today but he never stopped pushing and I'm delighted with his attitude. Congratulations to Yamaha too on winning another Triple Crown fo r the third year in succession. The competition is so high in MotoGP and that is an amazing accomplishment."
DOVIZIOSO FAST BUT FRUSTRATED IN AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso had a frustrating Australian Grand Prix today and wasn't able to finish the race, pulling in on lap four and into retirement. The 24-year-old Italian completed an excellent first lap, climbing from his ninth place grid slot to fifth as the MotoGP field crossed the line for the first time. Then, however, Dovizioso began to experience some stiffness with the steering of his RC212V which affected his ability to ride at full pace. He continued for another lap but at the end of lap three Dovizioso was forced to pull into the pits, after which the cause of the problem was found to be the steering damping mounting which had moved from its original position.
Casey Stoner won today's race with Jorge Lorenzo second and Valentino Rossi third. Scoring no points today, Dovizioso has lost some ground in his battle for third place in the championship, but the Italian will be back in action at the Grand Prix of Portu gal in two weeks' time and will attempt to return to his excellent recent form. His team-mate Dani Pedrosa had elected not to race today after making a brave return to the MotoGP paddock this weekend following his recent injury. Despite his absence, Pedrosa retains second place in world championship with a 23-point lead over Casey Stoner. Pedrosa is also targeting a successful return in Estoril.
ANDREA DOVIZIOSO - retired - World Championship position 5th 179 points
"It's really a pity that I had to retire today because we had worked hard with team and, after two difficult days of practice, today we had the pace to fight for third position and a podium finish. I made a good start and I was able to recover some positions. On the first lap I did a 1m31.7s without pushing too hard and I was fifth across the line. In the first two laps though I felt the steering was stiff and on lap three this caused me to lose a lot of positions. I could control the bike but, although I completed another lap, it was too risky to keep riding and I had to come into the pits. There was a problem at the steering damper mounting - it had moved into an incorrect position, so now we will investigate the causes. I'm really disappointed because after two great races in Japan and Malaysia, it was important to make a good race here to fight for third position in the championship. Still, now we will look to get the best results possible in Estoril and Valencia."
TOSHIYUKI YAMAJI - REPSOL HONDA TEAM MANAGER
"This result is obviously disappointing for us because Andrea showed in the first two laps that he had a chance to fight for the podium today. Naturally he is frustrated with this problem and how the race turned out, and so are we all. We were hoping for much more from this weekend, but now our focus will be on the next race in Portugal where we are determined to bounce back with a strong result for all our Honda fans. We have proved recently that we have the speed and potential to compete for race wins and this is our target for the final two races of the season."
HONDA RACING INFORMATION
Results Phillip Island
Australian Grand Prix, Phillip Island
MotoGP, Moto2 and 125cc races
October 17, 2010
Weather: Cool and sunny.
Track temperature: 27 degrees
Ambient Temperature: 15 degrees
Crowd: 41, 537
DIFFICULT DAY FOR HONDA MEN ON THE ISLAND
Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V)
fell back from an early podium position to finish
sixth in what was a difficult day for the Honda
men in the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.
The race, which was run in glorious sunshine
after a weekend of typically unpredictable
weather, was won by hometown hero Casey Stoner
(Ducati) for the fourth year in a row. Jorge
Lorenzo (Yamaha) was second in front of his team-mate Valentino Rossi.
Simoncelli was the top finishing Honda rider on a
weekend that the Repsol Honda team will be happy
to forget. Four-time race winner Dani Pedrosa
(Repsol Honda RC212V) opted not to protect his
second place in the MotoGP World Championship
point standings after Saturday qualifying.
Pedrosa discovered that he couldn't control the
RC212V to his satisfaction and didn't want to put
himself or his fellow competitors at risk.
That left Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda RC212V)
to fly the flag. And, though he started well-Dovi
was fifth on the first two laps-trouble struck on
lap three. Dovizioso found it difficult to steer
his RC212V and lost a number of positions on the
third lap. Rather than continue to fight the
steering, he chose to return to the pits to have
the team diagnose the problem. What they
discovered was the steering damper mounting had
moved position. Rather than continue, he retired.
Simoncelli took up the Honda mantle and ran hard
at the leaders, slotting into third place on the
second lap and holding it for the third. Then he
became embroiled in an entertaining battle with
Nicky Hayden (Ducati), Ben Spies (Yamaha), and Rossi.
"Super Sic" was a close fifth until the 23rd of
27 laps when Spies made his way past. Using his
fellow rookie as a pacer, Simoncelli chased him
to the end to finish sixth, equaling his season best finish.
Team-mate Marco Melandri continued to struggle,
though the start of the race was more promising
than most. Melandri had a difficult time getting
heat into his tires on the cool track and by the
time he had confidence to push hard he wasn't
able to challenge for a top five finish.
Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) was working his way
through the field en route to what he believed
would be a top six finish when a small mistake
blunted his drive. De Puniet had just re-passed
Marco Melandri when he made a shifting error and
ran off the track. He recovered and rejoined the
race, passing four riders to secure a top ten finish.
Grip was also an issue for Hiroshi Aoyama
(Interwetten Honda MotoGP). The Japanese rider
had difficulty getting heat into his tires and
found himself unable to apply his usual
aggression. Rather than take undue risks, he
soldiered on to a 13th place finish and three
championship points, while looking forward to
returning to Europe for the final two races.
The Moto2 race was a dream come true for the
veteran Alex de Angelis. The San Marinese has had
one of the most difficult seasons of his long
career. The team he began the season with
succumbed to financial pressures following the
seventh race of the season in Catalunya. De
Angelis then moved to the MotoGP class, where he
rode in place of the injured Hiroshi Aoyama for
two races. And when the series returned to Europe
for his home race, the San Marino GP at Misano,
de Angelis was thrown a lifeline by the JiR Moto2 team.
De Angelis showed early promise, but the results
didn't come until the Japanese Grand Prix at
Motegi where he finished fourth. That was
followed by a second the next week in Malaysia.
And he's ended the three race flyaways with a
win, the second of his career and his first since
the final 250cc race of the 2006 season in Valencia.
Riding the JiR Moto2, Motobi, de Angelis battled
early with Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team,
Suter) and Fimmco Speed Up's Andrea Iannone
(Speed Up) before taking the lead on the the 16th
of 25 laps when Iannone slipped up in Siberia,
allowing de Angelis and Redding through.
Iannone was having tire troubles, but was able to
consolidate third, while Redding chased de Angelis in vain.
De Angelis padded his lead over the final three
laps to win by 2.172 secs. Redding was second,
.802 secs. back. Still, it was the 17-year-old
Brit's career best Moto2 finish.
Toni Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki) had
wrapped up the title last week in Malaysia, but
the spots behind are up for grabs. Fourth place
finisher Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar Team, Suter)
now has 181 points to 179 for Iannone.
Now, after three races in three weeks on two
continents, the teams fly home to their European
bases for a weekend off before the final two
races of the year in Estoril and Valencia.
HONDA MotoGP RIDER QUOTES
Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda RC212V): DNF
"It's really a pity that I had to retire today
because we had worked hard with team and, after
two difficult days of practice, today we had the
pace to fight for third position and a podium
finish. I made a good start and I was able to
recover some positions. On the first lap I did a
1m31.7s without pushing too hard and I was fifth
across the line. In the first two laps though I
felt the steering was stiff and on lap three this
caused me to lose a lot of positions. I could
control the bike but, although I completed
another lap, it was too risky to keep riding and
I had to come into the pits. There was a problem
at the steering damper mounting - it had moved
into an incorrect position, so now we will
investigate the causes. I'm really disappointed
because after two great races in Japan and
Malaysia, it was important to make a good race
here to fight for third position in the
championship. Still, now we will look to get the
best results possible in Estoril and Valencia."
Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V): 6th
"It was a really nice race and I enjoyed it a
lot, so I am happy. I got a good start and moved
into third place on the first lap and then stayed
in the group with Rossi, Hayden and Spies. We had
a great battle and it was really good fun. When
Hayden passed me and went after Valentino I was
left with Spies for the rest of the race but I
managed to keep my pace up and make an attempt to
pass him at the end, although unfortunately he
was a little too fast for me. Anyway, as I said I
am delighted with a really nice race."
Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V): 9th
"This race was just the same as all the others
this season, I struggled throughout and at the
end I was passed by Espargaro. He passed me
between the penultimate and final corners and he
looked like he was out for a stroll, whereas I
was fighting with the bike and couldn't hold him
off. I got a good start but over the first few
laps my tyres felt like they were made of ice and
by the time they had heated up I couldn't make any progress."
Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda RC212V): 10th
"I am disappointed as I expected a top-six
finish. With the lap time I did during the race I
could have finished in a better position. I had a
real constant lap time during the whole race and
I was faster and faster lap by lap. At the
beginning of the race I was behind Melandri and
overtook him a couple of times but he overtook me
back and on turn 4 I passed him again in the
inside. But I made a mistake on downshifting and
ran wide in the grass loosing many places. After
that it was a chase race for me as I tried hard to come back."
Hiroshi Aoyama (Interwetten Honda MotoGP RC212V): 13th
"I was waiting for the tyres to heat up, but the
whole race I didn't feel the same grip level as
usual and I had to deal with this problem. I
would have loved to go faster, but it was not
easy to deal with the bike with this problem. It
is a pity that I could not improve in the race.
The next race is in two weeks in Portugal and I hope I can be faster there."
MOTO2 RIDER QUOTES
Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2, Motobi): 1st
"I'm obviously very happy for how the weekend has
gone, pole position and a win in one single race
are a good thing and help me re-evaluate a season
that has been very difficult for me and in this
happy moment I want to remember also Shoya
Tomizawa. The weekend went well, the improvements
we registered in the last few races gave us hope
but we know that in motor racing nothing can be
sure until you get to the flag. Today is a good
day, I must say thank you to the team that gave
me this opportunity and prepared a very
competitive package. Now I want to enjoy this moment."
Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing, Suter): 2nd
"It was actually one of the races I enjoyed. But,
man I was just so pumped I can't even remember
what happened. It was really weird. Even on the
podium just then, I didn't know what was going
on. I was just so pumped for it. It was great
racing with Iannone and de Angelis, really
battling hard. I had a little gap in the
beginning, but then I lost the front into Turn 9.
Alex come past, so I thought I'll got with these
guys a bit. Yeah, then we had a little tussle.
For me it was a fantastic race. The team built a
really good bike for me this weekend, the same as
every weekend. And we're just coming stronger and
stronger, which is just what we're planning to do."
Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up, Speed Up): 3rd
"Today's race was very demanding, but I'm happy
with the result and the team's work. We had some
problems because of the traction and I was losing
time when exiting turns. Since the beginning I
rode to the limit in order to fight with the
first guys and to try to grab a spot on
the podium. We are once again very close to the
second position in the Championship
Classification: we'll see how the last two races
go, we'll do our best till the end of the season.
I want to thank the team and all the people that
work with me for their great support and
HONDA 125 RIDER QUOTES
Marcel Schrötter (Interwetten Honda 125 Team): 13th
"The race was not bad, but I know I could have
done better. But anyway I am satisfied with 13th.
I had a good start and was able to follow
Cortese. I could stick with him until he crashed
and that was a great feeling. I didn't go over my
limit and felt comfortable. Then a rider in front
of me was braking and he was at his limit and he
crashed. This cost me some time and a gap was
building up in front of the group I was in. I
could have finished the race in 11th if the
overtaking and position changes around me would
not have been that crazy. In the last couple of
laps I tried to get some time back, but I slipped
and was just able to avoid to crash so apart from that my race was quite okay."
Fiat Yamaha seal team title with double podium at Philip Island as Spies claims top rookie award
A double podium for the Fiat Yamaha Team today sealed the second leg of the 2010 Triple Crown, as World Champion Jorge Lorenzo finished second and Valentino Rossi third behind winner Casey Stoner in the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.
After a sopping wet weekend the weather finally cleared up today, as the sun came out and temperatures rose above 15 degrees for the first time. Lorenzo got a good start into turn one, losing one place to Marco Simoncelli but passing the Italian back soon after to retake second. As the World Champion had feared however he was unable to match Stoner's pace today, despite trying his best in the early stages. Once he realised he could not catch the Australian he contented himself with an uneventful but enjoyable race, unchallenged throughout to finish in second place. It was the 23-year-old's 50th start in the MotoGP class and his 32nd podium from those races.
A small set-up tweak in warm-up had left Rossi slightly more hopeful of his chances today but the nine-time champion was left with all to do when he dropped to ninth on the first lap. He gained two places on the next three laps and on lap five found himself on the end of a four-man group in sixth, with third in his sights. He dealt with Simoncelli first, passing his countryman on the brakes into turn one, dispatched Nicky Hayden on lap seven and then fellow Yamaha man Ben Spies on the eighth. His task was not over however and he had his work cut out to hold onto the final podium spot with Hayden hard on his heels. On the third last lap the American got by the Italian but a brilliant last-lap move from Rossi secured him an incredible 13th podium in 14 years at Phillip Island.
Stoner's win means Rossi slips one place to fourth in the standings, with a deficit of eight points from the Australian. After a hard three weeks the paddock now heads home for ten days, with Jorge Lorenzo due to take part in a parade through his home city of Palma de Mallorca on Wednesday when he returns victorious as the new World Champion. Today also saw American Tech 3 Yamaha rider Ben Spies, who will join the Factory Team in 2011, secure the Rookie of the Year title.
Jorge Lorenzo - Position: 2nd Time: +8.598
"We knew Casey would be hard to beat today! I tried my best, riding as hard as I could at the start and occasionally it seemed like I was closing a little bit, but then on the next lap Casey would extend his lead again by a few tenths. I kept trying but I didn't have much hope and half way through I decided it was better not to take risks. I really enjoyed riding here and sliding a bit on my M1, it was fun but this was Casey's race today. It was good to be on the podium and now we are heading back and I have my first chance to go home to Mallorca as World Champion and to celebrate with my friends and family. Today we won the Teams' Title and this shows what a great season it has been for us all, with everyone working at the maximum."
Valentino Rossi - Position: 3rd Time: +17.997
"To start eighth and finish third is not a bad result and, considering the trouble we had this weekend, we can be happy. Today Casey was riding in a different sport and I want to say congratulations to him - the podium was the maximum for us but it was still a hard fight to get there. We made some good changes to our set-up this morning and I knew I had a better chance, but we still lacked grip and the bike started to slide a lot after a bit. I had great fun with Nicky at the end because in some places he was faster than me and I really had to push, but the podium here is so important for me and I couldn't give it up easily. This is my 13th podium in 14 years racing at Phillip Island and I am very proud of this record. We have had three podiums in a row, including one win, and after this difficult season I am happy about this. Today we won the Team title and I am happy for us all and for Yamaha."
Wilco Zeelenberg - Team Manager
"Today the podium was the most we could do. Jorge tried his hardest at the start and his lap times were quick; we had a good set-up today but Casey was just faster than us. Jorge really enjoyed himself out there and he had a big gap behind him so it was a successful day. Considering the difficult circumstances we've had all weekend we can be satisfied with what we've achieved. We are happy to win the Team title and now we are going home, finally, and everyone deserves a good rest!"
Davide Brivio - Team Manager
"This morning we did a good job and we were able to find a much better setting. Unfortunately the difficult conditions this weekend and the bad luck we had in qualifying yesterday meant that we were starting from the third row so we had a big job to do. Valentino did very well to get this podium. These three races have gone well for us and we're heading back to Europe satisfied. Congratulations to the whole team tonight for another Team Championship."
Bautista narrowly misses out on a top-10 in Australia
Bautista narrowly misses out on a top-10 in Australia
Rizla Suzuki's Álvaro Bautista had a hard-fought 10th position cruelly snatched from his grasp in the final few metres of today's Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.
The Spaniard got a good start from 14th on the grid and was up into 11th by the end of lap one. As the race progressed - and the field started to spread out - Bautista found himself riding a lonely race, but never gave up the pursuit of Mika Kallio, who had had pulled a gap in-front of him. He chased and caught the Finnish rider on lap 24, but then Bautista was put under pressure from behind by Randy de Puniet. As the final lap started de Puniet had got in front of Bautista, but Suzuki's Spanish star fought back to lead the three riders on to the final straight. As the drag for the line developed, both de Puniet and Kallio drafted past Bautista, leaving the Suzuki man in 12th position, just 0.097 seconds from a thoroughly deserved 10th place.
Bautista was Rizla Suzuki's lone representative today following the withdrawal of Loris Capirossi on medical advice. The Italian injured the Adductor muscle at the top of his left thigh in a big crash in yesterday's qualifying session and was deemed unfit to ride in today's race. Capirossi immediately returned to Europe to receive further treatment and make sure the he has every chance of being fully fit for the next round.
Today's race was held in bright sunshine as the conditions finally improved after some awful weather at the Australian circuit this year. A crowd of 41,537 fans at trackside witnessed a commanding victory by home favourite Casey Stoner, as he took his fourth successive MotoGP win at the Phillip Island circuit, with a flag-to-flag victory from pole position.
Rizla Suzuki will now return to Europe for the final two races of the season in Portugal and Spain respectively. The first of this double-header will take place at Estoril on Sunday 31st October, with the final race of the season at Valencia the following weekend.
"I knew that today would be a difficult race and I would really have to ride at my maximum to get anything from it. I got a good start and felt good into the first corner, I was able to overtake other riders but I didn't really have a good enough rhythm straight away and lost some positions and time. At the end of the race I was in a great battle with de Puniet and Kallio and we fought hard with each other in the last laps. On the last lap I passed de Puniet on the outside of turn seven and I got into 10th. On the last corner I tried to close the inside line so they couldn't get past me and as I was about 40 metres from the finish line I felt the bike lose a bit of power and speed and I lost two places. I don't know if the bike had a problem or not, but today I felt like I finished 10th, but the bike was 12th! It is not a good result compared to the last races, but here we knew that it would be a difficult weekend. I would liked to have finished in the top 10 because that result for Suzuki here would have been a very good one, but at the end - because of the bike - I could not finish there. We now have to work very hard in the next two races and I can't wait to get to Portugal and get riding again to forget the result here."
Tom O'Kane - Crew Chief Álvaro Bautista:
"In my opinion Álvaro rode to a top-10 finish today at a racetrack that we really struggle at. The fact that he got passed on the line wasn't his fault and he's done an incredible job over the weekend - in really difficult circumstances and conditions. I think my opinion of him has gone up more this weekend than it did after his fifth place in Malaysia and I'm sure he'll bounce right back from today and be pushing hard when we get to Portugal."