Fausto Gresini says his team will 'grit its teeth and do everything possible to turn things around' after another tough weekend saw Alvaro Bautista finish well off the pace at Laguna Seca.
The Spaniard has come under increasing pressure since his breakthrough performance at Silverstone, when he finished fourth having started from pole position, with the first corner incident at Assen and an error-strewn Mugello weekend distinguishing recent races.
Though things looked up after qualifying seventh for the United States Grand Prix, Bautista proceeded to struggle with the front-end of his Honda during the race and duly slipped well behind the chasing pack. Indeed, although retirements ahead helped him to eighth by the chequered flag, he was more than 20secs behind Honda counterpart Stefan Bradl in seventh.
“I'm not sure why but today the bike felt really unstable on the front,” he said. “Maybe we made the wrong decision by going with the soft tyre. I tried to push it at the start but I couldn't brake hard and I was really struggling in corner entry.
“It's strange because we had good race pace with this tyre yesterday but today it didn't work. It hasn't been a good weekend for us. Despite the positive signs yesterday it proved to be a difficult race.”
Despite the disappointing run of form, team manager Gresini has pledged to find a solution for Bautista to regain some confidence on the bike.
“After the crash in warm-up this morning it was important for Alvaro to finish the race here because it wasn't an easy situation for him. We have been suffering in the last few races and we need to help him find more confidence in the front of the bike. It is important we stay calm and work hard to achieve this because there is still a long way to go in this championship.
“Of course the crash in warm-up didn't help because [in qualifying] it looked like we had the pace to have a good race. It is not an easy time for Team San Carlo Honda Gresini but we have to be patient, look forwards and stay positive because at times like this it is important to grit your teeth and do everything possible to turn things around.”