I'm fully fit for Assen, confirms Bautista
25 June 2014 – Alvaro Bautista has confirmed he is feeling 'fully fit' for the Dutch TT this weekend and he is confident he can get a 'good result'.
Bautista crashed heavily during qualifying in Catalunya last time out and while he was able to race, he retired early on due to technical problems. He then stayed on for the post-event test, but was only able to do a few laps as he was sore from his off on the Saturday. He is now feeling fine though for Assen: "During Barcelona qualifying I had a big crash, but fortunately nothing is broken, so I will be fully fit for the Assen race weekend," said the Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider.
"Also at this Grand Prix we will find several fast corners, like at Mugello and Catalunya: at the moment we are struggling with this kind of corners, so we need to improve on this area," he added. "Anyway, during in the post-race test in Spain we found some improvements with regard to the brakes and hopefully we will use the new parts in Assen. Unfortunately I was still sore from the fall, so I couldn't do a lot of work on the bike set-up, but we remain confident.
"If we stay focused during the practice, looking for a good compromise for the fast corners, we can achieve a good result," he maintined.
Team Manager Fausto Gresini added: "Bautista had a really big crash during the qualifying of the last Grand Prix of Catalunya: for this reason, Alvaro managed to complete only a few laps during the post-race test; however we were able to identify some improvements, especially with regard to the braking system. These new parts could be helpful in Assen, even though we struggled in Barcelona.
"We hope that Alvaro can get back to fight for the top positions: now we are almost halfway through the season and so far our performance has been too swinging; we would like to be more consistent."
Bautista has scored 34 points so far this season and is currently eleventh in the 2014 MotoGP Rider standings, his best result having come at Le Mans back in May when he was third. His DNF in Barcelona was his fourth of the year.