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Bautista on past, present and future

Bautista on past, present and future

Bautista on past, present and future

125cc World Champion Alvaro Bautista recently got his first run-out with the 250cc Aprilia that he will use in the quarter litre class next season. The Spaniard took time out recently to give his views on what lies ahead and what he leaves behind.

After the excitement of the 2006 season, how do you react to the radical change of having time off at home?

I'm a person who is very comfortable being at the circuits, traveling and spending time with my team, but it is also necessary to be with my family. It is ok at the moment, and in any case I have to start full testing for 2007 soon. I continue my daily training and attend events for my sponsors.

What did you learn in 2006?

When we started preseason, my goal wasn't based on positions. I was just aiming to enjoy myself on the bike again. I was fortunate to find a team capable of helping me with this, and the results came by themselves. I have learnt to be more professional than I was, above all with the team. On the track I have been able to race by myself and not take any notice of the other riders, maintaining concentration.

What was the standout moment of 2006?

Out of many, I would say the title win in Australia, but also winning in Jerez, the races in Turkey and Catalunya…so many.

People are saying that you are a favourite for the 250cc title. What do you think about that?

I will have a lot of work to do in 250cc. I will have to send a lot of time on the bike to gather information and be able to respond to problems. I at least have the advantage of a team behind me who have a lot of experience.

What were your first impressions of the 250cc bike?

It's a lot more fun than a 125cc and it is a lot more powerful, something that you notice a lot when accelerating. Weight is more noticeable and the turns are slower, something that gave me a few problems at first. The way of sliding on a worn tyre is also very different.

250cc, 2006, Alvaro Bautista

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