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Bautista galvanised by Sachsenring experience
11 July 2012
Alvaro Bautista says he has been galvanised by the experience of starting from the back of the grid at the German Grand Prix.
Bautista was penalised following his first-lap clash with MotoGP championship contender Jorge Lorenzo at Assen, which saw both riders crash out at the opening corner.
He was ordered to start from the rear of the grid at Sachsenring but produced an inspired ride to power through the field, eventually finishing seventh.
Bautista is now looking forward to the ninth round of the world championship at Mugello this weekend where he is determined to secure a solid result for his team on an important day for everyone associated with the Gresini Honda team.
Former Gresini star Marco Simoncelli will be remembered at the Italian venue, where HRC Executive Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto and Minoru Kato, Honda Motor Europe Motorcycle Division Director, will present two motorcycles to Marco's father, Paolo Simoncelli.
Honda will present the Simoncelli family with Marco's San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V race bike and a Marco-inspired Honda CBR1000RR, which will be auctioned off to raise money for the Marco Simoncelli Foundation.
'Super Sic' tragically lost his life following a crash in last year's Malaysian Grand Prix.
Bautista, who has won the in the 250cc class at Mugello, said: “It will be very important to find a good setting if we want to be competitive, otherwise you really struggle at this track.
“I really want to have a good race, because this is a very important event for the team.
“Sachsenring was a strange and unique race for me. Starting from the back of the grid is not easy, but after a tough start to the race I found my pace, made up ground and ended up fighting to finish seventh,” he added.
“This experience will serve us well for Mugello, even though the characteristics of the circuit are very different to Sachsenring.
“I am sure that the progress we have made over the last few races will see us back in the lead group in Italy.”