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Happy Bautista continues on learning curve

Happy Bautista continues on learning curve

Alvaro Bautista arrives in Portugal this weekend full of confidence thanks to the evolution of his Aprilia machinery and the recent renewal of his contract with Master - Mapfre Aspar for 2008.

Alvaro Bautista arrives in Portugal this weekend full of confidence thanks to the evolution of his Aprilia machinery and the recent renewal of his contract with Master – Mapfre Aspar for 2008.

Following the recent announcement that the current 125cc World Champion will be Aprilia's number one rider in the quarter litre class next season, the 22 year-old will continue his learning process on 250cc machinery over the final five races of the year, in the hope of challenging for the title next season.

Having apparently turned down an offer to move to KTM, Bautista will remain under the watchful eye of current team manager Jorge Martínez Aspar as he attempts to further develop his Aprilia machinery and his own riding ability in the coming months.

Speaking exclusively to motogp.com from the Estoril paddock ahead of the bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal, Bautista commented: "I'm feeling really good about the new RSA. Apart from the crash in Misano I feel much better recently and have more confidence, meaning I can ride at a good pace with the frontrunners in the category."

Although he did have some interesting offers to consider for 2008, the young Spaniard explained: "Aprilia and Aspar put a lot of faith in me last year and in my first season in 250cc this year and they've helped me a lot. It means a great deal to be considered Aprilia's number one rider next season, it's a big motivation for achieving the goals we set out."

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250cc, 2007, bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Alvaro Bautista

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