The MotoGP World Championship arrives in Texas this week for the first ever visit to the “Circuit of the Americas,” host to the first of three rounds in the USA this season with Laguna Seca and Indianapolis also on the calendar. Alvaro Bautista arrives in Austin looking to build on a positive start to the 2013 season in Qatar. The Spaniard and his team will continue to work with Showa’s engineers to try and improve his feeling with the front of the bike and they are confident that the RC213V will be well suited to the ”Circuit of The Americas.” Bryan Staring heads to the USA for the first time looking to make up for the disappointment of crashing out of his MotoGP debut after just one lap. Both Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini riders are looking forward to discovering a new and exciting track in the always welcoming surroundings of the USA.
“The 2013 season has started really well. I am happy even though we had a few problems with the front in Qatar. It forced us to use the soft tyre because I had more confidence with it but we lost stability under braking. I made a good start and tried my best to stay with the guys at the front but it got to the point where I was taking too many risks and it was better to make sure of a solid position. It was an important sixth place, my best result in MotoGP in Qatar and that gives us optimism for t he future. The next round in Austin will be a new experience for almost all of us. They say it is a technical and demanding circuit and I am looking forward to getting on with the job of learning it and finding a setting that will allow me to fully exploit the potential of the RC213V. The level of competition is very high but I am confident that if we do our job right then we can be even more competitive than we were in Qatar. Myself and the team are determined to keep working until we show our best form. ”
“I am still disappointed with the way my debut went in Qatar but I also know that it is all part of the process of picking up experience in a completely new category. We will learn from it and try to make up for our disappointment this weekend in Austin. It is a new track for all the CRT guys so we will start out on a more level playing field. I have seen some footage of the track and it looks awesome. I am looking forward to seeing it for myself and I am sure that the Circuit of The Americas will be fun to ride. This will also be my first ever trip to the USA so overall there is a lot to look forward to as we try to put Qatar behind us and focus on producing a positive performance in Austin.”
“There is a lot of interest and excitement surrounding this first visit to a new track. From the footage I have seen and the things I have heard it is certainly futuristic and a positive step for the future of motorcycle racing. We head to the USA feeling happy and satisfied with a positive start to the season in Qatar with Bautista. Alvaro had a good race and finished with a result that gives us something to build on. We will be working hard with the engineers from Showa to improve his confidence with the front of the bike and to adapt the setting as quickly as possible to the demands of Austin. Bryan Staring needs to get his confidence back after his disappointment in Qatar but crashing is part of learning and the team will help him bounce back. Bryan is a brave and intelligent young rider who knows how to turn negative experiences into positive energy and I am sure that before long he will be fighting at the front of the CRT pack:”