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Bautista aiming to end disappointing run

“It was important for Alvaro to finish the US MotoGP but now we need to build on that and get him back to the level he showed at Silverstone” - Alvaro Bautista.
With all but one factory 2013 MotoGP seat now decided, attention is turning to the satellite places - meaning it's the perfect time for Alvaro Bautista to return to his pre-Assen form.

Bautista scored four top-six finishes in the run-up to Assen, including a career best fourth at Silverstone, but hasn't been as competitive since his turn one error at the following round in Holland.

The San Carlo Honda Gresini rider finished a careful eighth at the recent Laguna Seca event and wants much more from MotoGP's American return at Indianapolis, round 11 of 18, this weekend.

“Laguna Seca did not produce the result we were hoping for because I struggled for confidence with the soft front tyre there,” said Bautista.

“On the Saturday we found a decent rhythm on that tyre but on Sunday the track conditions were slightly different and it upset the front end so much that I couldn't brake as hard as I wanted into the corners.

“We didn't have the confidence to run at a competitive pace and even though I managed to finish the race with some decent points it was not a true reflection of our potential.

“After that disappointment I took a few days to relax by the seaside but I have kept up to my training programme and I am ready to race again in America.

“I have always had good results at Indianapolis and the track should suit the characteristics of our bike. We will try and test the tyres properly during practice to make sure that we don't have a repeat of the last race.

“I am feeling confident and highly motivated. Indianapolis is a unique circuit because it is anti-clockwise and completely flat, with some slow sections and a very long straight where you need good top speed.

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HondasAreJunk - Unregistered

August 13, 2012 4:44 PM

If the 2 factory bikes are a pair of inconsistent of crap metals even after building a whole new bike from scratch imagine what kind of turd Bautista is riding with Gresini running an outfit on a shoestring budget. Bautita isn't receiving the full on factory bike and support from HRC like Simoncelli did. I wish Bautista, Depuniet and Barbera were at least on Tech3 level yamaha M1 bikes. Dovi and Crutchlow wouldn't be making so many headlines on their own. Too bad DePuniet isn't a sponsor magnet for the teams and Bautista and Barbera are the black sheeps of Spanish riders.

M1M - Unregistered

August 13, 2012 4:47 PM

The Gresini bike is Honda's test mule to see if they can get Showa suspension and Nissin brakes up to the level of the Ohlins and Brembo competition. As a result, the team lacks the technical data available to all the others, but even if Bautista started threatening Pedrosa or Stoner, the Honda factory technician attached to the team would simply turn the wick down on the ECU to make sure the San Carlo bike didn't trouble the factory riders. The terms and conditions of Repsol's contract ensure that none of the other Hondas do better than their sponsored bikes in return for the money they put into the HRC squad.

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