Alvaro Bautista was delighted with sixth in yesterday's Indianapolis Grand Prix, believing it was the maximum result available for the team. Starting from ninth, the Spaniard was involved in a battle with Colin Edwards which fell in his favour before the tyre problems of other riders promoted him into the top six.
“I am happy with today's position because this weekend we didn't have the same rhythm as we have done in the last couple of races. I had a good qualifying session, but I was not quite on par with the top guys and that meant I couldn't really stay with them and fight in the race. I made a decent start and overtook a couple of riders, but I just couldn't keep up with the front group. We struggled a bit more at this track because we just couldn't get the bike to turn how we wanted it to and I think we were not quite at the same level as some of the others around here. I was consistent throughout the whole race and had a couple of good battles with other riders – especially with Edwards – but at the end I got a good rhythm and was able to get some distance on the riders behind. I think today was the best result we could have got – so we did the maximum. We now go to Misano and I think we can be more competitive from the beginning, so I am really looking forward to the race.”
After throwing away points in the last two races, Bautista stressed the importance of keeping the GSV-R under control and was relieved to give the team something to celebrate.
“One other thing that was very important was to finish the race as I have crashed in the last two, so I am very happy that I did that! It gives us more motivation and also the team needed a result. I want to say a big thank-you to the whole team for the passion that they showed this weekend and now we are in the best position to make another step forward.”
Considering the bikes that were ahead of them, Rizla Suzuki Team Manager Paul Denning took great encouragement from Bautista's performance and hopes to see that continue in the final six races.
“After showing so much potential in Laguna and Brno – and coming home with nothing – it was great to see Ãlvaro take the chequered flag today. It was a well won sixth place and it was richly deserved for him and the whole team. I don't think this is one of the best tracks for us and we were only beaten by the three Repsol Hondas and the two factory Yamahas. This bodes well for the rest of the season, and we're looking forward to Misano.”