Alvaro Bautista heads to the Grand Prix of Italy eager to maintain the momentum of his first MotoGP podium in almost two years at Le Mans, as he bids to get his season firmly back on track.

After failing to finish the first three races of the season, Bautista's run to sixth at Jerez and third at Le Mans has lifted his confidence heading to the sixth event of the season at Mugello.

The home venue for his GO&FUN Gresini Honda squad, Bautista believes a strong showing at Mugello, with its different characteristics to that of Le Mans, will prove the bike has established a good base setting.

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"In Le Mans we had a great race, but we want to keep our feet firmly on the ground, so we look at Mugello with the same attitude as always, working step by step" he said. "The podium obtained in France, however, allows us to be more relaxed on a track with long, fast corners which might be difficult for us.

"Our bike has improved in several areas after the Jerez post-race test, especially regarding suspension and brakes: improvements which helped us on a track like Le Mans; if they will prove to be useful also in Mugello, we can say that we start from a really good base. It will be difficult to get on the podium, we have to be realistic, but we will try to stay as close as possible to the factory bikes, as always.

"This Grand Prix is also really important for all the team, so it would be nice to get a good result in front of so many people who will come to support us, for the sponsors and for all the guys of the team."