With still no confirmation regarding their participation in the 2012 MotoGP season, the Rizla Suzuki team head to Australia for the Phillip Island MotoGP.
Álvaro Bautista and his Suzuki team, including the engineers in Japan, have made big steps with the GSV-R this year and will now be looking to make more improvements at the 4,448m Phillip Island circuit.
Bautista needs to convert the renewed potential that the Rizla Suzuki team have found from the GSV-R into results. Last time out at Motegi, Bautista was running in fourth place, before a crash robbed him of what looked like being his best result so far this season. With the factory still undecided on their MotoGP future, solid race results can only help in ensuring that the top execs at Suzuki see a future in their continued participation in MotoGP.
“I was very disappointed and upset at the end of the race in Japan, because we deserved to hold on to that result after all the hard work everyone has put in. We have to take all the positives from that weekend, and the previous races, and keep working in that same frame of mind in Australia. I know this will be a completely different challenge, but the bike is now working well in all conditions and this weekend will show us how far we have come this season. I missed out on a top-10 at Phillip Island by less than a hundredth-of-a-second last year and I’m sure we can certainly go much better than that this weekend. You never know what the weather will do at Phillip Island, but we’re ready no matter what happens!”
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