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Bautista aiming to end disappointing run

“Last year [at Suzuki] I remember having some problems with the front tyre because of the recent resurfacing but hopefully that's not an issue this time.”

Team principal Fausto Gresini agrees Bautista has regained his confidence, but feels they still need to 'build' further.

“We needed to work with Alvaro to rebuild his confidence and in practice [at Laguna Seca] we managed to do that. It was important for him to finish the race there but now we need to build on that and get him back to the level he showed at Silverstone,” he said.

“Indianapolis should definitely suit our bike so we will be working hard to get it back to the fight at the front of the pack.”

Bautista is ninth in the world championship.





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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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