Alvaro Bautista is looking to put his mid-season troubles behind his as MotoGP returns after the three-week summer break at Indianapolis. The Spaniard has failed to finish in the top six since his breakthrough weekend at Silverstone where he took pole and admits his confidence had taken a knock.
The San Carlo Honda Gresini rider is feeling much more positive ahead of this weekend though and is hopeful of putting his season back on track.
“Laguna Seca did not produce the result we were hoping for because I struggled for confidence with the soft front tyre there. On the Saturday we found a decent rhythm on that tyre but on Sunday the track conditions were slightly different and it upset the front end so much that I couldn’t brake as hard as I wanted into the corners. We didn’t have the confidence to run at a competitive pace and even though I managed to finish the race with some decent points it was not a true reflection of our potential. After that disappointment I took a few days to relax by the seaside but I have kept up to my training programme and I am ready to race again in America. I have also had a good opportunity to catch up with family and friends so now I am ready to get back to work and get competitive again like we were before Mugello. I have always had good results at Indianapolis and the track should suit the characteristics of our bike. We will try and test the tyres properly during practice to make sure that we don’t have a repeat of the last race. I am feeling confident and highly motivated.”
“Indianapolis is a unique circuit because it is anti-clockwise and completely flat, with some slow sections and a very long straight where you need good top speed. Last year I remember having some problems with the front tyre because of the recent resurfacing but hopefully that’s not an issue this time.”
Teammate Michele Pirro is another rider looking to buck a recent trend of poor results. The Italian hasn’t completed a lap in either of the last two races but his pace indicates he is closing on the leading CRT runners. Pirro’s aim for the second half of the season is to gain further ground on the Aspar team.
“Laguna Seca was our third non-finish in a row, this time because of a collision with another rider in the first corner. It’s a shame because I really liked the circuit and was enjoying riding there. July wasn’t a lucky month for me but together with the team I want to stay positive and focus on overcoming our problems in the best possible way. We have been getting more competitive and our pace is getting closer to the top CRTs so we want to continue that for the remainder of the season. Over the break I have had a bit of a holiday on the beach but I’ve been training hard too. I have tried to get the right balance of hard work and rest ahead of our next trip to America. I raced at Indianapolis last year and our objective there is to get back to the level we showed at Assen. I am confident we can achieve it.”