Bautista set for 'home' race
26 October 2010 – 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.