|Team HRC had difficulty making a mark in the first of the races at San Juan Villicum where Alvaro Bautista’s recovery unfortunately interrupted by a fall in the early stages.|
Bautista made a step forward during the third and final free practice, setting his best time of the weekend so far as they made final preparations for the subsequent Superpole.
Team HRC then tackled what turned out to be a challenging qualifying session today. A 1’38.860 for Alvaro put him in fifteenth place at the session’s end, after his second flying lap had to be aborted when the yellow flag came out. This meant that the spaniard qualified on the fifth row of the starting grid for the afternoon’s first race.
At 3.00pm local time, the Superbike riders lined up for the first 21-lap race of the South American race weekend.
Alvaro gained some ground off the line, making up five places to position tenth by the end of lap one.
Unfortunately, his race proved to be a short one, a small crash on lap three putting a premature end to his afternoon.
Alvaro will now focus on preparing for tomorrow’s races.
“I’m a little angry about today’s crash because I didn’t do anything different or strange and just lost the front end with no warning or apparent reason. This is obviously a frustrating outcome. We hope to do better tomorrow because we might not have the greatest potential at this track, but we could definitely be a few positions further forward. In qualifying I had the misfortune to come across a yellow flag and they cancelled my second fast lap as a result. What is it they say anyway? Tomorrow is another day”.