Sachsenring MotoGP Insider: Suzuki

July 18, 2011
Scott Mathews
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Alvaro Bautista: I felt I had a good rhythm throughout the whole practice and I think that I can certainly improve quite a bit tomorrow  especially if the conditions are better as this will give us more grip from the rear and we will have a good opportunity to move forward. - Sachsenring Practice 2011
Bautista posted one of his best performances of his season in seventh, afterwards stating: “I don’t think I’ve had so much fun on the last lap of a MotoGP race since I came into this class.”

Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista says he produced the best final lap of his MotoGP career to pass factory Ducati duo Valentino  Rossi and Nicky Hayden. The Spaniard finished seventh in Sunday’s German MotoGP, having come out on top at the end of a race long duel with Rossi and Hayden.

“That was a very funny race and the battle with Valentino and Nicky was fantastic,” said Bautista. “I don’t think I’ve had so much fun on the last lap of a MotoGP race since I came into this class. I was starting from the back so it was difficult in the first corners because this track is so hard to pass on. But I got a good position and when I got behind the top-six, I was too far away to follow them and I was losing them. I started to fight with Valentino and Nicky and the last lap was incredible. I overtook Valentino in the first corner and I passed Nicky in Turn 12. But I ran a bit wide because the Ducati is very good on the brakes. It was really difficult to overtake them, but Nicky passed me back and then I got him at the last corner when he made a slight mistake and ran off line.”

2011 MotoGP Sachsenring Photo Gallery


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