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Alvaro Bautista´s incredible championship season

Alvaro Bautista´s incredible championship season

Alvaro Bautista´s incredible championship season

With his victory in Australia, Alvaro Bautista clinched the 125cc world title with three races still to go. Bautista´s domination of this year's Championship can be seen from the following statistics:

• The last rider to win the 125cc title with three races of the year remaining was Valentino Rossi in 1997.

• Bautista has finished on the podium 12 times in the first 13 races of the year. The only GP at which he did not finish in the top three was in France, when he was fourth after suffering technical problems on the final lap. One more rostrum appearance from the last three races and he will equal the record for most podiums in a single season in the 125cc class which is currently jointly held by Kazuto Sakata (1993) and Valentino Rossi (1997).

• Bautista has now scored more podiums in the 125cc class in a single season than any other Spanish rider, a record that was previously jointly held by Jorge Martinez (1988) and Emilio Alzamora (1999) with 10.

• The last rider to go a full season of 125cc GP races and only miss out on the podium at one race was Kazuto Sakata in 1993, who finished on the podium 13 times from 14 races. The last Spanish rider to go a full season of 125cc racing and just miss the podium on one occasion was Jorge Martinez in 1988 who was on the podium 10 times from eleven races.

• At the first two races of the year Bautista became the first rider in the 125cc class to win back-to-back races since Arnaud Vincent in 2002. • Following his victory in Australia, Bautista is the first rider since Youichi Ui in 2001 to win three or more successive races in the 125cc class.

• With his victory in Australia, Bautista is the first rider to win 7 or more races in the 125cc class in one season since Valentino Rossi in 1997.

• Bautista is the sixth Spanish rider to win the 125cc world title, joining: Angel Nieto (1971/72/79/81/82/82/84), Jorge Martinez (1988), Alex Criville (1989), Emilio Alzamora (1999)and Dani Pedrosa (2003).

• With a score of 280 points Bautista has already scored more than any other Spanish rider has ever achieved in a single season of racing in the 125cc class. It is possible with three races still to go that Bautista could surpass the • Bautista has qualified on the front row of the grid 12 times already this year. The only race at which he failed to get onto the front row was at the Italian GP when he was 5th.

• Bautista is the sixth Aprilia rider to win the 125cc title, joining: Alessandro Gramigni, Kazuto Sakata (twice), Valentino Rossi, Roberto Locatelli, and Arnaud Vincent.

• He is the first Spanish rider to win a world title in any class riding Aprilia machinery.

• Bautista is the third youngest Spanish rider to win the 125cc title after Pedrosa and Criville.

• At the Czech GP Bautista became the first rider ever in the 125cc class to have finished in the top four at the first 11 races of the year.

Tags:
125cc, 2006, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Alvaro Bautista

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