Go&Fun Gresini Honda owner Fausto Gresini says his team will consider a 'major change' to the settings of Alvaro Bautista's bike in an effort to help him rediscover his MotoGP form.
The Spaniard endured a dismal weekend in Indianapolis, his spectacular free practice high-side compounded by another crash just moments into the race.
Heading straight to Brno for the Czech Republic Grand Prix, Bautista is eager to use the quick turnaround to forget his weekend in the United States having slipped to 11th in the overall standings – just ten points ahead of rookie team-mate Scott Redding on the Open-class Honda.
“We want to forget as soon as possible the Indianapolis weekend, in order to get to Brno motivated and full of charge. We will find a very different track from the one we faced in the last Grand Prix, wide and characterized by really fast changes of direction; last year we were competitive, so we expect to be able to find a good feeling with the bike also this year, although at the moment we are struggling.
“Of course, we will give our best, as always, and especially it will be important to work well with the team and with Showa technicians to try to fix the rear grip issues that made us struggle in the last few races.”
With Bautista's seat at Gresini Honda believed to be very much under threat from Redding for 2015, eponymous team manager Gresini remains committed to ensuring Bautista gets back to form.
“We arrive in Brno in a very strange situation: on the one hand, we really hope that Bautista can change direction, since lately he struggled a lot. It's clear that we don't like this situation, and we will do everything to find a solution, possibly trying major changes to the bike set-up.”