Alvaro Bautista heads to Brno this weekend with a smile on his face after a positive weekend at Indianpolis. The Spaniard has the confidence and feel for the bike back that he enjoyed before the Mugello round and at Indy he was able to return to the fight for the positions that matter. The goal for Brno is to back up this performance and take another step forward in quality.
Previously he had won the 125cc GP at Brno. He continued his success in the 250 class with a second and a third. Since joining MotoGP the Spaniard has failed to finish at Brno, with some nasty crashes marring his visits to the track.
Originally called the Masaryk circuit after the first President of Czechoslovakia Tomas Masaryk, Brno has played host to Grand Prix racing since 1950, originally on a 14km road course to the north west of the city centre. The circuit was gradually reduced in length over the years and in 1975 it was down to just 10.9km but in the early days of racing there in the 1920s it was almost 30km long, playing host to the legendary four-wheeled battles of Nuvolari, Caracciola and Villoresi.
Alvaro Bautista ” I was particularly satisfied with our performance at Indianapolis. We worked had all weekend and got what we deserved on Sunday. I have got the feeling back with the bike that I had before Mugello and that makes me optimistic about going straight to Brno. We have to back-up the hard work we have done in America at a circuit I like. We will need to work hard again to find a balanced bike that allows me to be quick in the direction changes. I am feeling confident and determined.”
Fausto Gresini “Finally Alvaro rediscovered his feeling for the bike at Indianapolis and showed that he can run with the front guys. We have a competitive bike again and the goal is to confirm this good form at Brno. It has been a good circuit to us down the years, especially twelve months ago with that fantastic first podium for Marco Simoncelli and we hope it can be a good omen for Alvaro this weekend.”
Sources: Gresini Racing / Honda Pro Racing