Alvaro Bautista believes that his fourth place in the Argentine MotoGP race is the area where he should be able to finish every weekend.
The Spaniard, who was fast in pre-season testing on the Pull&Bear Ducati GP16, bided his time in yesterday’s clash and after a long scrap with Johann Zarco, Danilo Petrucci and Dani Pedrosa was able to put in podium pace laps to haul himself into fourth place.
“That was a nice race, a little like at the end of last season when I was starting from the back but making my way through. I lost a little time at the start because everybody was really going at it and I got in a tough group, with a particularly aggressive rider in there, and it was difficult to pass,” said Bautista.
“Once their pace dropped off I was able to overtake them and lap as fast at the guys at the front. I was catching them at the end but I had lost too much ground in the early laps. I feel that I am a rider capable of this kind of result, these are realistic positions for me, and I think we have to continue in this way. I want to thank Pull&Bear Aspar and Ducati for these results and for all their support.”