Having not reached the finish of a MotoGP race since July 4 at Catalunya, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP rookie Alvaro Bautista just wants a trouble free race at Indianapolis on Sunday.
Not that his three consecutive DNFs have been all his own fault - he was taken out in the aftermath of Randy de Puniet's Germany GP fall, then bumped off by Aleix Espargaro at Laguna Seca, before crashing of his own accord at the very final turn in Brno.
That was a particularly bitter pill to swallow - having braved the pain of a practice back injury during the race - and Bautista is hoping to return to the kind of form - and fortune- that saw him take fifth place at Catalunya, during this weekend's second visit to America.
“I'm still a bit stiff from my crash at Brno, but I have rested and let the injury heal properly so I will be ready for Indianapolis. I really need to finish a whole weekend and get a full practice, qualifying and race in my account. It seems a long time since I crossed the finish line and I am positive about visiting America and making that happen," he said.
"We made some steps at the Brno test, but we still need to work on those at Indianapolis - and the races that follow - to find out what the true potential of the bike is. That is something we are determined to do and to keep on learning as much as possible about all things to do with the GSV-R and how it behaves on different tracks and in varying conditions and also about myself and how I can ride it to get the best from it.”
Team-mate Loris Capirossi also crashed out at Brno, but insists his bike felt better prior to the off.
“The bike did feel the best it has done all year during the short time I was on-track in the race and we made some improvements on the Monday so these should be good for us when we get to Indy," he said.
"I finished seventh last year and that was a big improvement on 2008 so I am determined to make another step forward this year. It is very important that we keep focussed and keep trying as hard as we can to get the results to show what we are capable of.”