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Hero's homecoming for Bautista

Hero's homecoming for Bautista

Hero's homecoming for Bautista

125cc World Champion Alvaro Bautista received a hero's welcome upon his return from the three week triple flyaway yesterday. Gathered fans in his home town of Talavera de la Reina, Spain, had been forced to wait over a week after the Master MVA Aspar rider's title win to congratulate him, as he had the small matter of the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan to contend with after lifting the crown in Australia.

The gathered throng got their first glimpse of the homecoming star when he was greeted by the local and autonomous dignitaries at the town hall. Bautista gave a wave to fans from the balcony to thank them for their support.

At 1pm, Bautista landed in Madrid-Barajas airport to meet up with his family, before giving a press conference alongside team manager Jorge Martinez Aspar.

"Being able to call yourself the best in the world in your chosen field is a goal that all sportsmen aim for. It is hard work and very few are able to accomplish it," explained the Spaniard. "In Talavera there is a following, but this world title is undoubtedly going to encourage a lot of kids to try their hand at motorsport."

Paying tribute to his manager and team, the top man in 125cc said that "when I started with Jorge Martinez and Aprilia, I started to enjoy riding again, I felt confident and at ease. The year before I had suffered a lot."

In turn, Aspar returned the compliment, eulogising Bautista's personal qualities. "I'd been after him for a while, because I saw that he had the attitude of a winner. He's like the riders of yesteryear, riding in a different style and doing things like living with his mechanics."

125cc, 2006, Alvaro Bautista

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