Alvaro Bautista was in philosophical mood after crashing out from a promising seventh in the Czech Grand Prix, admitting that the pace he and Suzuki were able to demonstrate was some consolation for the disappointing end to his race.
Bautista had starred in the early laps as he came through from 14th on the grid to seventh, where he was hounding Valentino Rossi and keeping pace with the pack ahead of him until his accident at Turn 13 on his 16th tour of the track. Given his excellent race, the 26-year-old Spaniard described his crash as 'very disappointing' but said he and the team could also draw positives about their pace during the race.
"I have a strange feeling," Bautista explained when asked about his weekend. "I am frustrated that I didn't finish after crashing, but I am also quite happy because I did all that was possible to stay with the front group.
"I was riding just a few seconds behind second position and, after starting from the back of the grid, I was pleased about that. I pushed to my maximum – I was on the limit, but everything was under control – and then with six laps to go I crashed. I lost the front and it was strange because I entered the corner like the lap before and nothing felt wrong.
"I want to say thank-you to all the team, and also to say sorry because it has been a difficult weekend for everybody. We expected a good result here, but at the end we are very disappointed with what happened. I think if we start nearer the front we can stay with the group a lot easier, and the results will come."