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Bautista confident ahead of Assen

Álvaro Bautista is ready to play a lead role in the MotoGP World Championship as the series enters its second third at Assen.

The San Carlo Honda Gresini rider arrives fresh off the back of his maiden premier-class pole position at the Silverstone round, and will be looking to take his achievements one further at Assen with a podium finish.

Teamwork is proving crucial to the Spaniard's progress as well as that of the CRT project, with Michele Pirro also closing the gap to the leaders and looking ready to fight for the top CRT spot. As usual the legendary Assen circuit promises to be a fascinating event.

Álvaro Bautista

“Silverstone was definitely a very positive weekend for us. After the changes we made in Barcelona my feeling with the bike improved a lot and at Silverstone we were able to confirm it. I felt comfortable and safe on the bike from the start and I was able to have fun, which showed through with the pole position on Saturday, my first in MotoGP, and in the fact I ran with the front group throughout the race on Sunday. At Assen I will try to confirm my good form from Silverstone, run with the front pack again and continue making progress. The next objective is obviously the podium but we can't become obsessed with chasing it because I am sure that if we continue working as we are then sooner or later it will come.”

Michele Pirro

“At Silverstone we were able to confirm that we are on the right path. We made significant progress at the tests in Barcelona and Aragón and in England we were able to have a good race and run with the best of the CRTs. The work that the guys in the team are doing is so important and I think that if we can take another step than we can make a strong challenge to be the top CRT. We have some updates on the way that I think will help us move forward and I am very optimistic about the future.”

Fausto Gresini

“We know anything is possible because Honda have provided us with a great motorcycle and the work being done by Showa is allowing Álvaro great confidence with the RC213V in wet or dry conditions. After Barcelona and Aragón we have made significant progress and there will be no shortage of determination to continue working in this way. We are also taking significant steps with the CRT project.”

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MotoGP, 2012, Michele Pirro, Alvaro Bautista, San Carlo Honda Gresini

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