Excellent qualifying pace secures Bautista 4th spot on the grid for Catalunya Grand Prix

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_4MC2256_620xTeam GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista will start the Catalan Grand Prix from the second row of the grid tomorrow after an excellent qualifying performance this afternoon. The Spanish rider was determined to put on a show for his fans and he more than lived up to their expectations with the fourth fastest lap of an entertaining qualifying session.

Alvaro Bautista (4th 1’41”714) “We have to be happy today, because we are really close to the front row of the grid tomorrow. I felt good as soon as we put the soft tyres on in qualifying this afternoon and I was able to push the bike with conviction. We have done different tests to weigh up our options in terms of tyre choice for tomorrow, which I think will be the biggest problem for everybody. This afternoon we went back to the setting from yesterday, because I didn’t feel confident with the front forks we used in the last free practice. Tomorrow will be a tough race, but our starting position is good and I need to make the most of it if I want to run at the front. Tyre management will be crucial to the result and we will do our best with it.”

Fausto Gresini “Alvaro had a great session this afternoon and set a fast lap time. A second row start in fourth place, just a couple of tenths off second place, is a great effort and even though a front row would have been even better we have to be happy. His race pace is good and we have high hopes now for the race tomorrow.”

Source: Gresini Racing

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