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Bautista unworried by Kallio challenge

Bautista unworried by Kallio challenge

Bautista unworried by Kallio challenge

The triple-run of 125cc races, kicking off with the Marlboro Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, could see Alvaro Bautista clinching the title in the lower cylinder class. The Spaniard leads the way by a considerable margin over Finn Mika Kallio, and spoke about his feelings to ahead of the Eastern visit.

"To tell the truth I wasn't expecting to finish every race in the top four, but it has given me an important advantage over Kallio. I will not be changing my style to ride more conservatively at the moment; if I have the chance I am going for the win. It's been a good year for us, and winning in Brno was important. I want to show people that I haven't taken my foot off the gas over the break by keeping myself on the front row.

The 69 point advantage is a big cushion, allowing me to approach the final races calmly. As I say, I go out to win, but if I see a problem with the bike I can afford to ease off a bit."

On the opportunity to seal a first 125cc World Championship over the next three races, Bautista was without preference as to a specific location. "If I get to celebrate a title then I don't care where in the world I do it, although logically speaking I would like to do it during the triple flyaway, as soon as possible."

"I think that Kallio will want to risk everything in this final third of the season, but to tell the truth it doesn't faze me too much," commented the Spaniard on his distant title rival.

With one hand on the title already, Bautista has been subject to rumours about a move up to 250cc, something that he claims not to have thought abut too much.

"I definitely like the idea of moving up to the quarter-litre category, but I don't want to worry about that until I have a 125cc title in the bag. The important thing for me now is to continue working race by race, as I've been doing up until now. We will see what happens in the future."

125cc, 2006

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