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Rizla Suzuki’s Álvaro Bautista heads to Portugal this coming weekend for the penultimate round in this year’s MotoGP World Championship keen to try and finish into the top six, something he has only managed twice this season.
The Spaniard is in a determined mood ahead of what he regards as another ‘home’ Grand Prix, at a racetrack where he has previous knowledge of riding a MotoGP machine - following last year’s November 'Rookie' test – and the added confidence from winning at the Estoril circuit on three of his previous four visits.
“I really like it at Estoril, I have had lots of success there and it is a track I like to race at - it is as close to my home town as some of the Spanish tracks so it feels like a ‘home’ GP to me, especially because I know many of my family, friends and fans will be there to support me,” he said.
“I went there with the GSV-R last year so I will have a bit of an idea of the reference points on a MotoGP bike, similar to what I had at Sepang, so hopefully we can be as competitive right from the start in Portugal as we were there.
“We had a couple of problems at Phillip Island a few weeks back and they have all now been sorted and won’t happen again, so we will be able to go right from the start and try to get back into that top-six, where I know we are capable of being,” Bautista summed-up.
Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
|Rizla Suzuki MotoGP|
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|9 Nov '11||Bautista moves from Suzuki to Gresini for 2012|
|8 Nov '11||De Puniet tests for Suzuki in Valencia|
|4 Nov '11||Bautista quickest in wet afternoon practice|
|2010 Portugese MotoGP Grand Prix|
|2 Nov '10||Pedrosa: Left arm went numb|
|2 Nov '10||Stoner: I just ran a little off line and lost the front|
|1 Nov '10||Dovizioso edges Simoncelli for third|
|1 Nov '10||Rossi: Lorenzo was just too fast|
|13 Nov '12||Bautista tops test as Rossi returns to Yamaha|
|27 Aug '12||Gresini hoping to retain Bautista|
|16 Dec '11||Pins removed from Bautista’s leg|
|13 Jul '11||Fitter Bautista excited about Sachsenring|
|19 May||Latest MotoGP photos: Sunday at Le Mans|
|19 May||Pedrosa takes second win of the season|
|19 May||Lorenzo fastest in Le Mans warm-up practice|
|18 May||Latest MotoGP photos: Saturday at Le Mans|
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