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.
“It's a difficult track with a slow first section and then some faster sections in the second half. It's not easy to find a compromise with the setting to suit both halves of the track but we will try. Obviously the weather is usually a factor here too and you can sometimes get damp sections and dry sections but that's Holland!”
On the other side of the Gresini garage, CRT rookie Bryan Staring arrives at Assen on a high after scoring his first MotoGP points with 14th in Catalunya.
“After a positive result in the Catalan Grand Prix, where I scored my first World Championship points, I go to Holland with a different approach,” said the Australian.
“I feel motivated and confident about this race especially because I finally won't have to spend time learning the track because I already know it. I really like Assen and I will be able to start work on the machine straight away.
“I am desperate to do well this weekend and get the most out of the bike so that I can show my potential.”Cheaper than you think? CLICK HERE to see ticket prices for the remaining rounds of the 2013 MotoGP World Championship from the Official MotoGP Ticket Store.