Abraham & Bautista on a mission
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