Go and Fun Gresini Racing’s Alvaro Bautista suffered his second DNF in a row this weekend after crashing out on the opening lap of the Catalan Grand Prix just two weeks after he failed to finish the Italian race at Mugello following a crash involving home hero Valentino Rossi on the opening lap.
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Starting from the front of the second row of the grid Bautista impressed at home on Saturday, qualifying ahead of many factory riders on the grid. As the lights went out the 28 year old got a strong start and was up in the top five in the opening laps. Similar to Mugello he was close to Valentino Rossi, and in an attempt to get past the Italian Bautista ran wide and lost the front in turn 10.
The Spainiard was unable to rejoin the race and took no points home from two races. “It is such a shame. We have had a great weekend and this was the last thing we needed. After the start I felt like the guys in front of me were holding me up and in an effort to stay with the lead group I tried to get past them and I crashed. Maybe with a hard tyre on the front I could have been a bit more careful but I was worried about losing touch and I went for it. In hindsight it would have been better to wait but in racing these things happen. I feel sorry for the team because they have done a great job here and I want to apologise to all the guys, who are giving 100% and deserve a different result. Now we just have to look forward to the next race and try to stay calm.”