Alvaro Bautista is confident his breakthrough result of fifth position in the Catalunya Grand Prix will spur him onto further good fortune heading to this weekend's German Grand Prix.
Bautista produced a convincing performance on home soil aboard the Rizla Suzuki, qualifying ninth before rising to fifth position in the race as he out paced the likes of Ben Spies and team-mate Loris Capirossi.
A better result than his 250GP graduates Marco Simoncelli and Hector Barbera have achieved this season, Bautista is now determined to prove the result isn't a fluke.
“The last race was the first time I have felt like I could ride the bike how I wanted to. I feel stronger now and I'm sure I will be 100% when we get to Germany. It is a quite a difficult track, but I have had a couple of good results there on a 250 so I hope that will help me on the MotoGP bike.
“We know we still have a lot of work to do, but as usual we will be working as hard as possible to get the bike right and trying for a good result.”
Although overshadowed by Bautista, seventh position for Capirossi in Spain was also his best finish of the season, the Italian claiming he can go higher at the Sachsenring.
“We must continue to work how we did at Barcelona and find the best solution for the bike. We know that the bike can perform well and we need to keep the positions we got at Barcelona, this is where we should be and at some races we can be even higher.
“The team is still so focused and we know what we have to do. I think we can go well in Germany and the GSV-R will work there and we'll get a good result.”