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Thrilling battle to the line sees Alvaro take fifth in Australia despite lack of speed on the straight

SV October 28, 2012 News, Race Weekends No Comments

Alvaro Bautista met his objective of a fifth place finish at Phillip Island today, the Spaniard fighting hard for fourth until the finish of a race won by Casey Stoner.

Bautista’s battle with Andrea Dovizioso and Stefan Bradl provided much of the entertainment in the race, the trio swapped positions on the final two laps, with Dovizioso taking the spot by 0.129s over Bautista, with Bradl only 0.035s behind in sixth.

Another top five finish here in Australia for the Spaniard consolidated fifth place in the championship with one round remaining at Valencia.

Alvaro Bautista (5th) “We have achieved our objective here, but I have to recognise that if it wasn’t for the crash from Dani Pedrosa I would have been sixth. I am disappointed for him, because he has produced some extraordinary races recently, but today he lost the championship on the second lap. This morning in the warm-up we could see that Crutchlow had a better pace than us, so when I saw Pedrosa crash I just tried my best to stick in the group behind Lorenzo in the hope we could fight for the podium, but we were lacking straight line speed. All the time I lost down the straight I had to make up for the rest of the lap, but it was a fun battle with Dovizioso and Bradl, we passed each other many times and the race went quickly for me. I made one last attempt at the end, but again Dovizioso got me down the straight and then did a good job to close every door. Anyway it’s a positive result, so thanks to all the team and now let’s hope we can seal fifth in the championship at Valencia. ”

Fausto Gresini “Fifth place for Alvaro confirms the progress he has made in the second half of the season and it is a credit to the hard work of his team. I am confident now about a grand finale in Valencia and hopefully fifth in the championship, because they deserve it.”

Source: Gresini Racing, Honda Pro Racing

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