Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista finished sixth in a race that marked his 200th Grand Prix start in the World Championship at Phillip Island MotoGP to finish as the best placed Honda rider at checkered flag .
Starting from the sixth row Bautista was immediately in 12th position at the start, but was able to complete a difficult race without making mistakes, despite having suffered the same rear grip issues to he had throughout the whole weekend.
Bautista stated, “We got the best possible result, the maximum we could expect. During the race I had the same bad feelings I had throughout the whole weekend. In addition, in the last few laps the rear tyre dropped down a lot, beginning to spin also in the straight. For this reason I couldn’t push hard in the final stages to try to open a gap from the riders with whom I was battling. Anyway, today we faced a difficult race, with many crashes, and it was definitely not easy to finish the race. We did it, so we must be happy for that.”
“However, it’s clear that I’m not happy, because I still don’t find myself comfortable with the bike and I hope that in Malaysia the situation can improve, since I have a good memory of the test we have carried out there last February.”