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Alvaro sixth in red-flagged Sepang race and happy with improved feeling in wet conditions

SV October 21, 2012 News No Comments

Heavy rainfall during the MotoGP race at Sepang today saw the red flags produced with seven laps remaining and eventually the decision came from Race Direction to call a result with full points awarded. The race got underway on a wet track, with steady raining falling, following earlier downpours that had seen the Moto2 race delayed due to a flooded track. About halfway through the 20-lap MotoGP race the rain intensified, triggering a rash of crashes.

Alvaro Bautista was lapping in sixth place when the conditions were deemed unsafe, a positive result after a difficult weekend.

Alvaro Bautista (6th) “Racing in these conditions is always a lottery. It was raining at the start, but not too much and I was able to ride well with confidence in the bike. The only problem was under braking and I had trouble trying to control the bike over the bumps. I was close to crashing, but I tried to adapt as best I could. Towards the end the track was like a river and I was aquaplaning down the straight. It was the right call to stop the race. I am happy, because we improved our feeling with the bike in the wet, but we still need to work on our chatter problems.”

Fausto Gresini “Alvaro had a great race in the wet conditions seeing that he didn’t have any wet set-up time in practice. Normally we have problems in the wet and we weren’t in perfect shape here at Sepang either, but we have still come away with a good result and we have achieved our objective here, which was to consolidate fifth place in the championship.”

Source: Gresini Racing, Honda Pro Racing

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