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.
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