Five rounds in to the 2010 MotoGP season and Suzuki has scored just 23 world championship points, the least since 2005, with Loris Capirossi and Alvaro Bautista at the bottom of the riders' standings.

"We need to re-group and come out strong at Assen, we know that we can perform so much better than we did at Silverstone and we need to show it," said the Italian, whose British GP accident marked his third fall in the five races held.

"I have had a couple of unlucky races at Assen in Rizla Suzuki colours, I was injured in 2008 and couldn't race and then I was knocked off the track at the end of last year's race when I was going for a top-five position, hopefully I can get that bit of luck on my side here and it will make a difference!"

Bautista will be making his premier-class debut at Assen and is a Dutch TT winner in the 250cc class.

"I really like the second half of the Assen track, it is very complicated and it flows nicely so it makes for some good racing," said the Spaniard. "The first part is not so good since it was changed, but it is still quite demanding and physical to ride.

"I am feeling stronger every time I get on the bike now and during the race at Silverstone I felt like I was able to ride the bike how I wanted for the first time since my injury. That is a good sign coming here and if I can continue with that then I am sure we can have a good race."

Suzuki - points after five rounds
2010: 23 points
2009: 49 points
2008: 45 points
2007: 71 points
2006: 35 points
2005: 23 points
2004: 15 points
2003: 15 points
2002: 39 points


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