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Gresini 'building' Bautista back to Silverstone level
13 August 2012
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.
“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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