In his second WSBK race weekend as a Honda rider, Bautista was seventh in Saturday's opening race and in the second full-length encounter on Sunday he came home eighth.
The ex-MotoGP rider said he was struggling with the front end of his CBR1000RR-R and set-up changes made for the Superpole race on Sunday morning aimed at alleviating the issue only created problems in other areas.
"[In the Superpole race] we made a different set-up to try to resolve the problem we had with the front of the bike, for sure it didn’t work," Bautista admitted.
"The problem we have is we lose the front grip and the turning. We improved a little bit in the morning [in this area] but we lost a lot on braking and acceleration. In the end, we found more problems than solutions.
"For the second race we took a step back to try to improve the braking and rear grip. But the feeling on the front was the same, it was difficult to make the bike turn. I was losing the front tyre in almost every corner on every lap so in the end I couldn’t push as hard as I wanted.
"In any case it’s clear where we need to improve, so that’s important. We know where the problem is, and we have to find a solution."
Alvaro Bautista, Team HRC
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