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Bautista off to Estoril for further Suzuki test

Bautista off to Estoril for further Suzuki test

Álvaro Bautista will travel to Estoril next week for another three-day test ride with Suzuki.

It was a good debut on the Suzuki GSV-R for Álvaro Bautista at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, as he made his first strides in MotoGP at the traditional Valencia test.

Wednesday saw the Spaniard set his best lap on the third and final day with a 1.34.163, and Bautista will now travel to Estoril in Portugal with Rizla Suzuki team test rider Nobuatsu Aoki, as he continues his education on the machine.

“I’ve enjoyed it so much, the people here are very professional and I feel so good working with them,” said Bautista. “I’ve taken it step by step and have improved; each time I went out on the bike I felt better. Each day we went faster, and I’m happy with the three days.”

Suzuki team manager Paul Denning said of Bautista’s performance, “Álvaro’s transition to the four-stroke and to the team has been seamless; he looks very comfortable on the bike and appears to have ridden within his own abilities in this first test on the GSV-R. He has treated the three days not so much as a test, but as an extended track-day. He has certainly had some fun as well as beginning to understand the characteristics of the bike.”

Denning added, “He didn’t run any of the updated parts, so to make consistent low 1’34s is a very positive start. He’s very focused and is an enthusiastic character to have in the pit and we are looking forward to having an enjoyable and hard-charging atmosphere with Loris (Capirossi) and Álvaro for 2010.”

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MotoGP, 2009, Alvaro Bautista, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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