Alvaro Bautista heads to the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island eager to build on a strong run of recent MotoGP form, one that has seen him put air between himself and more experienced Rizla Suzuki team-mate Loris Capirossi.
Bautista equalled his best MotoGP finish of the season last time out at Sepang with a run to fifth position, his fifth comfortable top ten result in succession.
It is a run of form that has seen him ascend the standings and give the struggling factory Suzuki outfit some joy in what has been an otherwise difficult season thus far.
While Phillip Island represents a new challenge for the MotoGP rookie, Bautista is confident he can take the somewhat unloved 2010 GSV-R to another good result.
“I'm looking forward to going to Australia, it is a track I like a lot and after the last few races we are going there with a lot of confidence. I have never ridden a MotoGP bike at Phillip Island so that will be a whole new experience for me and it has some very fast corners so I will need to learn my braking points and get my references very quickly.
“I think that we can do well there, because the bike is going well and we have some good developments that should make the Suzuki GSV-R work a lot better around the track.”
With just one finish in the last six races, Capirossi is now just three points ahead of Mika Kallio overall, the Finn currently classified as the lowest full-time rider in the series. Furthermore, he heads to Australia still carrying the foot injury that hampered him in Malaysia.
“I am still in some pain from my foot, but most of the bruising has come out now and I feel like I can move about a bit easier, so when we get to Australia it should be a lot better. It is good we have a race so quickly after what happened in Malaysia because we need to get over that disappointment straight away.
“I want to go back from this trip with a good result to help us towards the last races of the year. Australia is always tough for us, but I am sure we can do something there this year.”