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.”