The MotoGP World Championship makes the antepenultimate stop of its global tour this weekend at the Phillip Island. With the Malaysian round set to follow just seven days later, the paddock will not return to Europe until the final round at Valencia but the hours of travelling and jetlag are at least compensated by the fact that these are two of the most enjoyable events for the teams and riders. Phillip Island is one of the most technically demanding and entertaining circuits on the planet and it is located in stunning scenery. Going into the last round in Portugal it seemed the 250cc title chase was the most open of the three but now it looks as though Hiroshi Aoyama has the luck of a champion in waiting.
However, Mapfre Álvaro Bautista is fired up and optimistic about this weekend and a visit to a circuit where he won the 125cc World Championship in 2006. Bautista has already put his Portuguese disaster behind him and after losing vital ground in the 250cc title chase he is preparing for all out attack over the final three rounds…
“Australia is a circuit that holds a lot of good memories for me because I won my World Championship here. It is a wonderful track with some very fast corners and it is always great fun to ride there. We were dealt a severe blow in Portugal but we got to Phillip Island without any pressure on us now because the championship is virtually over. I’ve taken it well and now that I’ve got nothing to lose my only objective is to give it everything I have to try and have fun and win my final three races on a 250.”
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