News 14 Jul 2011

Bautista looking for confidence-inspiring ride at German Grand Prix

Spaniard Alvaro Bautista is looking for a confidence boost this weekend at Sachsenring.

Spaniard Alvaro Bautista is looking for a confidence boost this weekend at Sachsenring.

Rizla Suzuki will be at Sachsenring in eastern Germany for the ninth round of the MotoGP World Championship with Álvaro Bautista looking to take the positives from Mugello last time out.

With his fitness back to 100 percent, Bautista is looking for a confidence-inspiring ride at the German circuit to propel him into the second half of the season.

Bautista completed almost 90-laps at Mugello in a post-race test and made some significant advances with the set-up, handling and electronics on the Suzuki GSV-R, all of which he hopes will assist him for the remainder of the season.

“I cannot wait for the race to come – it will not be soon enough for me!” the Spaniard said. “I made some really big steps at Mugello in both the race and the test. We now have all that info to use at Sachsenring and the rest of the tracks this season.

“I think we are capable of running with the top-six or seven at most tracks now and just need a little bit of something to get us there – I don’t know if it’s luck or what it is, but we will keep trying until we find it.

“I like the Sachsenring circuit and I’ve been on the podium there three times. It is not an easy track to get the bike set-up right for, but when you do it’s great fun to ride at.

“It’s about a lot of edge grip, so we will have to work on that and get the bike set-up as quickly as we can.”

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP takes to the track on Friday for two 45-minute free practice sessions, followed by a further practice session on Saturday morning, with an hour of qualifying in the afternoon.

Sunday’s 30-lap race is scheduled to get underway at 14.00hrs local time.