Alvaro Bautista of Spain and Honda Gresini team in action during qualifying for the Aragon Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

of Spain and Honda Gresini team in action during qualifying for the Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Alvaro Bautista produced a determined performance in qualifying at the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragon to secure a second row start at Motorland.

After overnight rain left the track damp for morning free practice the Spanish rider did not have the required track time to improve his set-up, but still starts from a competitive sixth position, giving himself the opportunity to fight near the front on Sunday.

“We didn’t go out this morning because the track conditions after the rain were such that we couldn’t get any useful feedback from either the wet or dry tyres so it meant we had to do all our work in the afternoon,” explained the GO&FUN Honda Gresini man. “We went out in qualifying with the setting from yesterday and set a good time. The pace from the other guys was very fast though and we have had to settle for sixth place and a second row start tomorrow.”

“I am still happy with the lap time and my feeling on the bike. It was important to qualify well here because the first turn is very tight and even though it won’t be easy I think we can be fighting for fourth or fifth place.”

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