The first racing day for the Pirelli French Round ended with tenth place for Alvaro Bautista, who made a sensational comeback after a technical problem forced him to stop on lap three when he was leading.
The two riders from the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team were first protagonists of a brilliant Superpole (P2 Bautista, P3 Rinaldi) and then of a fantastic start that saw them lead the race from the first corner.
On Lap 3, however, Bautista was forced to stop due to a technical problem, but he was able to restart.
From the last position, the reigning World Champion overtook 10 riders to finish in the Top 10 and pick up valuable points for the classification.
“It’s a real shame because the feeling with the bike has been very positive since the morning. I got a good start but suddenly I felt that I couldn’t get the maximum power. Then I realized (forse meglio che felt?) that the engine shut down but when I stopped I read on the dashboard that I could restart. I got back to the track and the bike was working as well as it could. So instead of going back to the pits I stayed on the track. I must say I also had a lot of fun. It’s a shame, I repeat, but these things can happen. We will try again tomorrow .“