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Matthew Birt  says:

Motegi MotoGP: In-form Alvaro Bautista thrilled with third

Alvaro Bautista’s impressive form continued at the Twin Ring Motegi in Japan yesterday when the Spaniard claimed a second podium in the last three races after a close battle with Cal Crutchlow. Bautista had brilliantly streaked away from reigning world champion Casey Stoner, Andrea Dovizioso and Stefan Bradl to hunt down Crutchlow and set up a tense finish with the British...

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Hedgehog5

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Hedgehog5 says:

Well raced...

In qualifying he was consistently only a fraction slower than Dani & JL... others managed to slot in quick times ahead of him for the grid but he showed he had the consistent pace for a podium... well deserved.

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TrumpetTriple

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Slightly lucky

Alvaro was slightly fortunate with his podium , if Cal's Yamaha hadn't backed off the power near the end  to conserve fuel then Alvaro would not have beaten him.

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Hedgehog5

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Hedgehog5 says:

TT...

... or, turning that around, would Cal have been where he was if his bike had been correctly mapped to finish the race?... it wasn't, he didn't... & last race out he couldn't make his last lap passes stick so it's certainly not a given that he would have this time (especially on a less powerful bike). I'm gutted for Cal & wish he'd finished the race so we could see the outcome of that battle... but Alvaro wasn't lucky, he earned that podium & would have been taking risks to keep it right up to the line... Cal wasn't unlucky... his team made a miscalculation.

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BlackCountryBullock

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Bautista ...

... had the measure of Crutchlow all week-end long and in the race.

Alvaro hunted him down, stuck two great passes on him and still had fuel to spare at the end.

Crutchlow's team didn't mess-up - how could they? They stuck the full 21 litres in the tank and then it's all down to Crutchlow to make the fuel last - which he didn't. 

Dovi managed his fuel, but Crutchlow didn't.

Crutchlow simply messed-up.

Bautista taking risks? Hardly. Crutchlow was the one taking the risks when both he and Herve knew that fuel consumption was critical - it was just another very mature ride by Alvaro (like Misano).

The under-rated Bautista (with two podium finishes) is now 5th in the championship, while the over-rated Crutchlow (with his solitary podium) has sunk to a lowly 7th place - the points table doesn't lie.

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Slorta

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Slorta says:

Great 3rd.

Bautista has been flying under the radar all year.  Note he was only 6.7 secs down on Dani and Jorge.  Are the factory teams 6.7 secs quicker than the Gresini over race distance?  I would have thought so.  That's a bit simplistic I know but never the less, if you stick Bautistas arse on a factory seat ??????

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newsouthwelshman

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BlackCountryBullock

Man... you talk some shit.... "its down to Crutchlow to make his fuel last" what!!!!!!  So you are saying he should slow down and make his fuel last??? Knob.....

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Hedgehog5

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Hedgehog5 says:

BCB...

"Bautista taking risks? Hardly."

Crutchlow ran out of fuel on the last lap while only a few 10ths back on Bautista... Bautista would have known about the gap but not the fuel, yeah?... so Bautista would or wouldn't have expected a couple of banzai passes like the ones Crutchlow did on Dovi the other week?... (true, maybe Bautista doesn't watch the replays)... so he might just have been pushing hard, taking a few risks to limit that possibility for the remainder of the lap, like I said, rather then pootling round with the comfortable buffer he actually had. He wanted that podium... he would not have given it up without a fight.

Bautista rode his heart out all weekend (as did Cal for that matter)... he most certainly wasn't taking it easy as you seem to suggest.

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