MotoGP »

Bautista encouraged by Suzuki progress

The Spaniard is now back to full strength following his recent injury woes and is determined to capitalise on a strong Silverstone result.
Alvaro Bautista is hoping his top five finish at the British Grand Prix is indicative of the progress Rizla Suzuki is beginning to make as he targets a similar result at this weekend's Dutch TT.

The Spaniard equalled his best finish at MotoGP level with a run to fifth in the rain at Silverstone, his first top ten finish since breaking his leg at the beginning of the 2011 season.

A former winner around Assen at 250GP level, Bautista was pleased with the GSV-R's performance in the cool conditions of the UK, an area where the bike has struggled in the past. With this in mind, Bautista believes Rizla Suzuki now has a bike capable to getting up towards the front again.

“We will be looking to continue with the same progress we had at Silverstone when we get to Assen this week,” he said. “We made big steps in England, because it was very cold all weekend and we were able to be competitive and went a long way forward from where we were last year.

“It was cold at Assen in 2010 and we struggled, so we are hoping that what happened last week will help us if the conditions are the same – I hope it's a lot warmer though and that won't be an issue!

“The two circuits are quite similar, they are very fast with some good corners and it will be like continuing our work from where we finished at Silverstone. I won at Assen in 2008 and although it will be tough to try and repeat that, I believe we now have the package to start to run nearer the front on a regular basis.”

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Bautista, Edwards, British MotoGP Race 2011
Hayden, Bautista, British MotoGP Race 2011
Bautista, British MotoGP Race 2011
Bautista, British MotoGP Race 2011
Bautista, British MotoGP 2011
Bautista, British MotoGP 2011
Bautista, British MotoGP 2011
Crutchlow, Miller, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rossi, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Rossi, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Pertrucci, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Redding, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Aleix Espargaro, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Petrucci, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Zarco, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Lorenzo, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Baz, Dutch MotoGP 2017
Marquez, Dutch MotoGP 2017

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


June 20, 2011 11:29 AM

5th place in the wet in a drastically reduced field is going forward huh? I seem to remember a certain rider by the name of Chris Vermeulen who used to be a dead certainty for a podium if not a win in the wet! But that wasnt good enough for Suzuki was it?

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.