BAUTISTA ONCE AGAIN RIDES HIS APRILIA RS-GP TO A TOP TEN FINISH; BRADL STOPPED BY A CRASH IN WARM-UP.
ALBESIANO: "GREAT JOB FROM ALVARO AND THE TEAM, TOP-10 IS ALWAYS OUR GOAL."
At the end of a race complicated by weather conditions, but managed skilfully, and perfectly assisted by his team, Alvaro Bautista rode his number 19 Aprilia RS-GP once again to a top ten finish, leaving the German GP with tenth place.
The race started in very wet track conditions, although it had just stopped raining. After a good start and an authoritative comeback on the group, Bautista settled solidly into the positions battling for the top ten after starting from the eighteenth spot on the grid. The gradually drying track forced all the riders to change bikes. Alvaro jumped onto the RS-GP with intermediate tyres nine laps from the end, after moving up as far as seventh place. Back on the track, he joined the group battling for sixth place that also included Pedrosa, Miller, Rossi and Barbera. A drop in performance by the intermediate tyres three laps from the end convinced him to “settle” for the position he was currently occupying.
The Aprilia Racing Team Gresini only had one bike on the starting grid at the Sachsenring because Stefan Bradl, who suffered a crash in the rainy morning warm-up, was not cleared to race as a precaution. Stefan crashed on turn seven and, after being checked out by the Mobile Clinic, he was taken to Chemnitz hospital for further tests. Nothing was fractured, but a concussion forced him to sit out for his home race. Stefan was released from the Chemnitz hospital and now he will have a few days of rest at home. His presence is obviously uncertain at the tests scheduled in Austria on the Red Bull Ring on Tuesday and Wednesday.