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MotoGP Assen: Bautista: I’ll be more cautious

“Last year at Assen we were competitive up until the start of the race, when I made a mistake. This year I will be more cautious” - Alvaro Bautista.
Alvaro Bautista will be under pressure to deliver a trouble free race at Assen this weekend, after crashing out in opening lap incidents at the last two MotoGP rounds.

The Spaniard tangled with Valentino Rossi at Mugello, then was heavily criticised by the Italian after falling while trying to overtake Rossi next time out in Catalunya.

Unfortunately for Bautista his 2012 Assen memories are equally negative, the Gresini Honda rider out-braking himself into turn one and wiping out title leader Jorge Lorenzo (pictured).

Bautista, who has slipped back to ninth in this year's standings, has pledged to be more careful at turn one this time around.

“The crash on the first lap of the race at the Catalan Grand Prix left a very bitter taste in my mouth. Psychologically it was a heavy blow for me because before the start of the race I felt we were in good shape,” he said.

“Myself and the team had done a great job during practice to find a setting for the bike that allowed me to set a good pace and then in qualifying we were able to secure an optimum starting position, in fourth place.

“Overall everything was in place for us to have a great race but unfortunately what happened at Montmelò is part of racing. It was just so disappointing because it was a home race and for it to happen in front of your own fans was tough to take, for me and the team.

“Now I want to forget all that and focus on the positives that we found over the weekend and in the test afterwards at Aragon. I am really determined to do a good job in Holland now and start to recover the points we have lost in the last two rounds.

“Last year at Assen we were competitive up until the start of the race, when I made a mistake. This year I will be more cautious and I think we can do a good job from the first session because this year we have the potential.

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June 26, 2013 11:29 AM

Dear Bautista Do not judge your braking point by where other riders brake. They can brake later into a corner if they have more feel. Instead, pay attention to your own grip levels and brake accordingly. There is no shame in braking a bit early. Finally -if you must crash- take a factory Honda rider out for once. Regards Everyone who watches motoGP.

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