2010 MotoGP Rookies: Álvaro Bautista

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

The 2006 125cc World Champion makes his debut in the MotoGP class next season, lining up alongside premier class veteran Loris Capirossi on board the factory Suzuki.

MotoGP welcomes another 250cc rider into its fold in 2010, with Spanish star Álvaro Bautista making the step up.

The 25 year-old has seven full World Championship seasons under his belt already, having made his race debut in 2002 in Spain, and his first podium came in his second full season in 2004 as second place at Donington and three further podiums delivered seventh place overall in the standings.

A difficult season followed before Bautista responded with a stunning 2006, taking the title with eight wins and finishing on the podium a total of 14 times. A first pole in Qatar and a win in front of his home crowd at Catalunya were two highlights in an incredible season.

The next year, Bautista came fourth in the 250cc class as he finished on the podium three times in his first four races, and secured a maiden win in the category in Italy after an intense battle with Jorge Lorenzo and Alex de Angelis. His fine form also secured him the Rookie of the Year award as well.

The following year, Bautista came close to the title as he battled with Marco Simoncelli. A win in Portugal made him favourite after he had crashed out on the final lap of the previous race in Spain with the Italian, but he lost out in the race for the title despite four wins and a total of 11 podiums in 2008.

Bautista’s final season in 250cc was a frustrating one, as after a strong start with wins in Japan and Catalunya, he lost ground later in the year with a crash at Assen the first of three DNFs that dented his hopes of challenging for the title, and he eventually placed fourth overall.

His first experience aboard the Suzuki GSV-R prototype in the post-season Valencia test was a positive one, and a second test at Estoril shortly after allowed him to complete over 200 laps in a bid to become further accustomed to the 800cc machine.

Having signed a two-year deal with the MotoGP outfit, Bautista will aim to make the official Suzuki team competitive once more as he lines up with Loris Capirossi in 2010.

TAGS 2010 Alvaro Bautista

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