Alvaro Bautista
Mar 29

MotoGP: Bautista And Team Pleased With Qatar Effort Despite Crash

Alvaro Bautista was running in the top five when he crashed out on the penultimate lap of the Qatar GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Alvaro Bautista was running in the top five when he crashed out on the penultimate lap of the Qatar GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

Although Alvaro Bautista and crew chief Antonio Jimenez took no points home from the Qatar Grand Prix, both head to Austin with optimism after the Spaniard came within two laps of a Round 1 podium finish.

Bautista looked strong across the entire Losail weekend, qualifying an impressive second on the grid with the Factory Option Honda satellite bike. He would find himself challenging for a top three placing for the entire race, until losing control at Turn 2 on the 21st and penultimate lap of the Grand Prix.

Mar 22

MotoGP: Bautista Work Rewarded With Second Place On Grid

Alvaro Bautista will start second in Sunday's Qatar Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Alvaro Bautista will start second in Sunday’s Qatar Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Alvaro Bautista secured a spot on the front row for the season opening race at Qatar after a solid performance in qualifying at Losail.

The GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider posted a 1:54.564 in the closing minutes of Q2, just being pushed from pole by World Champion Marc Marquez.

Mar 22

MotoGP: World Champion Marquez Captures Pole For Season Opener

Marc Marquez rides during qualifying for the Grand Prix of Qatar. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Marc Marquez rides during qualifying for the Grand Prix of Qatar. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

World Champion Marc Marquez will start from pole position as he begins the defense of his MotoGP title at the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix.

Marquez and a squadron of factory bikes busted open the form guide in qualifying with hot favorite Aleix Espargaro slumping to ninth on the third row for the 22-lap race.

Mar 21

MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro Stays On Top As Pace Quickens In Qatar

Aleix Espargaro heads down a straight during free practice at Losail International Circuit in Qatar. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Aleix Espargaro heads down a straight during free practice at Losail International Circuit in Qatar. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

The FP2 practice for the MotoGP riders at the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar saw Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) on top again, with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Alvaro Baustista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) two and three.

Espargaro’s 1:54.989 best time was 0.2s better than he went in FP1 and was 0.3s quicker than his closest rival in this session as Dovizioso pushed hard on the GP14 in second.

Mar 20

MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro Sets Pace As Action Commences In Qatar

Aleix Espargaro rounds the bend during first practice at Losail International Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Aleix Espargaro rounds the bend during first practice at Losail International Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) set the pace in the opening FP1 session of the year for the premier class in Qatar, with Alvaro Baustista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) second and third respectively.

In the first Grand Prix practice session of the new ‘Open’ class era it was Espargaro in P1 with his Open entry Forward Yamaha with a 1:55.201 best lap, with Bautista 0.466s behind him. Espargaro’s pace was over 0.3s slower than he went in testing here two weeks ago.