Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista is confident that the absence of fast corners at the Sachsenring will play into his hands during this weekend's German MotoGP.

Bautista is slowly climbing back up the standings after DNFs in the opening three rounds, claiming a podium at Le Mans, but is only eleventh overall as the season nears its midway point, raising doubts about his future.

"The Sachsenring is a slow track with some very twisty parts: given that recently we have been struggling to find a good compromise to be strong on the fast corners, we are confident that we can achieve a good feeling with the bike on this kind of track," explained Bautista, the only RC213V rider using Showa rather than Ohlins suspension.

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"We're coming from the Assen flag-to-flag race, where it was very easy to make mistakes, but nevertheless we managed to collect a good placement; in addition, last year in Germany we had a really good race, therefore we look forward to this Grand Prix with a great motivation," added Bautista, seventh at Assen and fifth in Germany last year.

Prior to the grand prix one rider from each of the three Factory manufacturers will try out a possible redesign of the fearsome Turn 11 Waterfall corner.

"The Thursday before the race weekend some riders will test some changes to Turn 11 in order to increase the safety; it will be interesting to see if these changes will actually be adopted for the future, although this year we will run with the same layout as last year."

Team principal Fausto Gresini stated: "Alvaro has good memories of last year's race and we hope that this will allow him to take full advantage of both his technical package and his riding skills. This race marks a very important moment of the season and hopefully this will be a turning point, in order to be more consistent in performance in the second half of the Championship."


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I hope you get a feeling of the grip level of your tires in the first turn and the first lap especially...keep working on that so you don't take others out anymore.