After suffering his worst finish of the season with tenth place in the Le Mans rain, Alvaro Bautista is determined to prove the dry progress he has made with his San Carlo Honda Gresini during his second home event of the season at Catalunya this weekend.
The Spaniard won at the circuit in both 125cc and 250cc grand prix racing and claimed fifth for Suzuki in the 2010 MotoGP event.
“We did a good job in the dry conditions in France to improve our feeling with the bike and close the gap to the top guys,” said Bautista. “Unfortunately the feeling wasn't as good in the wet and we really struggled for grip so we know we have improvements to make if we get those conditions again.
“I also had some problems with my visor so it was just a case of coming home with as many points as we could manage.
“Now we go to Catalunya and a circuit that I like and feel at home at. We will continue with the work we started in France and try to close that gap to the front still further.
“I am determined to get that positive feeling back and put the French race behind us.
“Montmelo is one of my favourite circuits on the calendar because it is fast and technical, with long sweeping corners where you can get the rear sliding. There are also some big braking zones so we'll need to find a stable setting for the bike and the correct tyres because it is a circuit that works the right hand side very hard.”
Bautista starts round five from eighth place in the championship standings and is level on points with fellow satellite RCV rider Stefan Bradl (LCR).