After struggling badly with the cold-tyre problems last weekend at Assen, Alvaro Bautista and Rizla Suzuki are hoping for some traditionally hot weather at a resurfaced Mugello this weekend.
Bautista came close to being lapped by race winner Casey Stoner on his way to eleventh at Assen, but the Spaniard is confident he and the GSV-R can be more competitive this weekend.
“I really like the Mugello circuit; it is very fast and great fun to ride at," began Bautista. "It holds a lot of good memories for me because it is where I won my first 250cc race in 2007 and I have also been on the podium there a couple of times.
"Last year I was still struggling with my shoulder injury, but I am going there 100% fit this time and determined to do well.
"The track has a new surface and hopefully that - and hotter weather - will help us to make the bike more competitive, we are all trying hard and the whole crew deserves a bit of a change of luck, so that we can start to move forward."