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Bautista Storms To Stunning Front Row In Qatar
Posted by: newsla on Mar 23, 2014 - 05:58 AM
Bautista Storms To Stunning Front Row In Qatar

Alvaro Bautista showed an outstanding performance tonight during the qualifying of the Grand Prix of Qatar at the floodlit Losail International Circuit, conquering the second place on the grid and missing the pole position for just 57 thousandths of a second.


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Bautista took the lead in the latter part of a hard fought qualifying session with a fastest lap of 1’54”564, then beaten at the end of the qualifying only by current World Champion Marc Marquez. Team GO& FUN Honda Gresini’s rider will then start the inaugural Grand Prix of the season from the front row: an extremely positive sign that confirms the excellent work done during practice and confirms the competitiveness of his technical package.

His team-mate, Scott Redding , will start tomorrow from sixteenth position. The English was slowed down by an untimely problem: a stone has indeed damaged the front wheel speed sensor on his bike n.1, causing sudden power cuts . Rose on his RCV1000R number 2, Scott had only the time for a single attempt, in which he nevertheless signed a promising 1’56”555, just six tenths of a second off the fastest Open class Honda.

ALVARO BAUTISTA (2nd - 1'54"564)
“For me this second place on the grid feels like a pole position, because in this circuit I’ve always struggled in the past. During this weekend instead I have always felt comfortable with the bike, closing each practice session in the top positions, which means that we have worked very well in winter testing. Too bad only to have lost the pole position, but in the end Marquez has been capable to overtake us. Tomorrow I expect a very tough race, but definitely interesting, because there are many rides who can keep the same pace. Moreover, it will be important to start from the front row. I hope you continue to enjoy myself like I’ve been doing so far: I will try to stay in the leading group and trying to achieve a podium finish”.

SCOTT REDDING (16th - 1'56"555)
“I am satisfied with regard to the improvements shown today, but unfortunately I was slowed down by a problem with the electronics just as I was busy in the qualifying session. When I entered the track, I felt that something was wrong: the engine cut power continuously, so I came back to the pits to try to solve the problem, but it was still there in my second exit. Therefore I got on the second bike, with which I set my fastest lap, but unfortunately there was time only for one attempt. However I’m happy because I found myself even better with the bike n.2, which I will ride again tomorrow in the warm up, during which we will also try to figure out which tyre we can use for the race. It would be nice to get some points tomorrow”.

“Alvaro today did an amazing job and is of course very happy. So far it's been a very good weekend: we have always been very competitive, closing the practice with excellent qualifications. Unfortunately we missed the pole position for very little, but we are happy because we fought with Marquez, who is still the World Champion. Plus, to get a result like that on a track where we had never been particularly incisive makes us even more happy: it means that we have worked very well during the winter tests, reaching a very high level. I am very sorry for Scott, who has had bad luck right in the most important moment: a small stone hit the front wheel speed sensor, causing a problem of power delivery. He had to change bike and in fact he was able to complete only one lap, with a good result when you consider the circumstances under which it was obtained”.

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