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TV Didn't Show Alvaro Bautista Plowing Through His Team in the Pit Lane in Argen

Few of us knew what happened in the pit lane at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit during the Argentinian GP on April 3, but a short video that recently surfaced reveals dramatic moments in front of one of the Aprilia boxes.
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The video shows Aprilia Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista failing to stop in the designated area to swap bikes, hitting one of his crew members, then falling to the ground. No info regarding the incident was released, so it's rather hard to tell whether this entire story was a rider error, a mechanical failure, or was influenced by external factors.

Reportedly, the crew member Bautista hit is Pisu, and even though the impact looks rather brutal, he walked away with a sprained knee. Bautista can be seen leaving his fallen bike and running back to the one equipped with slick tires.

One of the Aprilia Gresini crew members rushes to pick the bike up and clear the way while another one reaches to the man on the ground, who is holding his left knee. At the same time, the two people holding the bike #2 are doing what they are supposed to do, patiently waiting for Bautista to get on the motorcycle and helping him take off.

In case you don't know already, the Argentina Grand Prix was a flag-to-flag race. This happened because the warm-up took place on a wet track, whereas the race was declared a dry one, making changing the bikes mandatory.

For safety concerns, the riders were told that they should swap bikes and go out with slick tires halfway through the shortened race, in the laps 9, 10, or 11. The number of laps for the race was reduced to 20. Even though he lost precious seconds in the pit lane, Bautista finished the race in the tenth position, with his teammate Stefan Bradl seventh.

Still, Aprilia's new MotoGP bike is still far from being at its peak potential, and these positions were partially improved by the fact that no less than eight riders crashed in Argentina, with Lorenzo, Crutchlow, Vinales, and Iannone on the DNF list.



 
 
 
 
 

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