Bautista optimistic after positive start in Qatar despite still struggling with test injury

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_TI20772rid_940x470cropDespite still suffering the effects of a hand injury sustained in the second day of the final preseason test at Jerez two weeks ago Alvaro Bautista made a promising start to his 2013 campaign in the first free practice session of the Qatar Grand Prix tonight.

The Spaniard was sixth fastest and close to the pace set by the guys in front of him, having completed some good set-up work despite the dirty and slippery track conditions.

Alvaro Bautista (6th 1’57”601) “Unfortunately I wasn’t in the best shape tonight, because as the laps went by there was more and more pressure on the fingers I broke at Jerez. As usual here in Qatar the track conditions were not ideal on the first night and the first few laps in particular were a struggle, but overall it hasn’t been a bad start for us. Hopefully the track improves tomorrow and the changes we have planned for the bike help us make that step forward in quality that will get us closer to the front and help us to improve on last year’s performance here.”

Fausto Gresini “I think we can be satisfied tonight considering that Alvaro is still not in perfect shape after the crash at Jerez. We have work to do, especially because the track conditions were not perfect tonight, but we are confident that we have the margin to improve and we will all be giving our best to do so.”

Source: Gresini Racing Press Release

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