Abra­ham & Bautista on a mis­sion

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The Pull&bear As­par Ducati pair of Karel Abra­ham and Al­varo Bautista had an­other strong race in Ar­gentina. Abra­ham stormed to sec­ond on the grid, be­fore his Span­ish team-mate brought the GP16 Ducati home in fourth place.

And it’s a sign of just how com­fort­able the pair are with their new­found pace that in­stead of be­ing con­tent with his best re­sult in years, Bautista was in­stead de­jected af­ter the race. He felt a poor qual­i­fy­ing po­si­tion pre­vented him from get­ting in­volved in the podium bat­tle.

“I was seven sec­onds from the lead­ers, but it could have been less. Start­ing from the back is al­ways dif­fi­cult, and I was lucky in Qatar that I was able to over­take a lot of guys, but here I lost


a lot of time. Riders like Petrucci and Dovizioso made it dif­fi­cult for me and I had to wait to over­take.

“In the fi­nal laps, I was stronger than the front riders, but by then the gap was too big. If I had qual­i­fied in a bet­ter po­si­tion then I could have fought for the podium, but I’m happy with the feel­ing and the per­for­mance so far.”

And while Abra­ham was un­able to con­vert his front row start into any­thing bet­ter than a top 10 fin­ish, the Czech racer came away from the week­end de­lighted with his per­for­mance. He also man­aged to si­lence the crit­ics who ques­tioned whether he should even be in the class af­ter a tor­rid year in World Su­per­bikes in 2016.

“In the past, the pack­age I had just wasn’t com­pet­i­tive enough, and even though I was try­ing re­ally hard we were strug­gling with me­chan­i­cal prob­lems, bike fail­ures, and many dif­fer­ent prob­lems. There were many peo­ple say­ing bad things about me com­ing back, but since the first time I sat on the bike at Va­len­cia, I felt re­ally good.

“Every sin­gle time I ride I’ve im­proved, and Ar­gentina is a track that suits me well so it was a bit eas­ier to get a good re­sult, but hope­fully it also proves that I de­serve a place in Mo­togp.”

‘Riders like Petrucci and Dovizioso made it dif­fi­cult for me’

Abra­ham let his im­pres­sive rid­ing do the talk­ing in Ar­gentina

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