3rd Álvaro Bautista: “The only good session this weekend was the race. Fortunately everything worked out okay for us when it came to the...

3rd Álvaro Bautista: “The only good session this weekend was the race. Fortunately everything worked out okay for us when it came to the crucial moment. It took just two laps for the tyres to degenerate, and that was a warning for me not to push things and look out for points. The weekend was a tough one for us, because we never had the right setup. I could have tried to follow Simoncelli and Pasini, but it looked to be too risky and I concentrated on Aoyama instead. I’ve closed the gap on him in the standings, and if we continue like this we can catch him. I left it until the warmup to choose my setting in the suspension, and I didn’t have as much chance in this race, so I’m happy with third.”

9th Mike Di Meglio:
“I had a worse start than I was expecting, but I was still able to keep up with the lead group. I felt comfortable on the Aprilia, which was different to my feeling earlier in the weekend, so I tried to push for the best positions. My strategy was to learn from the leading riders. I tried to pass Aoyama but ran wide and had to straighten up in order not to fall. That run-off lost me a lot of time, and I think that if it weren’t for that I’d have placed in the top five. I was able to make up place, although ninth isn’t the result that I hoped for after al our hard work and potential over the weekend.”

14th Balázs Németh: “I am delighted with today’s result, and to finally have some world championship points. The start was better than any that I’ve done before; not losing a single position was a very positive point. I started overtaking other riders and on the second lap I was already fifteenth. I saw that there wasn’t much space between myself and the rider ahead of me, so I pushed to catch him. I felt very comfortable on the Aprilia and lap by lap was able to reduce my times, thinking about taking points for the first time. The bike worked fantastically well during the race, thanks to the work that my mechanics had performed throughout the whole weekend. I know that now I can ride quickly, and the goal from here on in is to keep up this kind of performance.”

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