Álvaro Bautista

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Álvaro Bautista
Alvaro Bautista 2010 Qatar.jpg
Bautista at the 2010 Qatar Grand Prix.
Nationality  Spanish
Born (1984-11-21) 21 November 1984 (age 29)
Talavera de la Reina, Castilla-La Mancha
Current team GO&FUN Honda Gresini
Bike number 19
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years 2010
Manufacturers Honda, Suzuki
Championships 0
2013 Championship position 6th (171 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
81 0 3 1 1 565
250cc World Championship
Active years 20072009
Manufacturers Aprilia
Championships 0
2009 Championship position 4th (218 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
49 8 28 9 12 643
125cc World Championship
Active years 20022006
Manufacturers Honda, Aprilia
Championships 1 (2006)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
67 8 18 8 9 545

Álvaro Bautista (born 21 November 1984 in Talavera de la Reina, Castile-La Mancha) is a Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He currently competes in the MotoGP class of the Grand Prix Motorcycle World Championship. Having competed for the Suzuki team since moving into the class in 2010,[1] Bautista moved to the Honda-equipped Gresini Racing team for the 2012 season.[2]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

He made his international debut in the 2002 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season, also finishing as runner-up in that year's Spanish 125cc road racing national championship. In 2003, he won the 125cc Spanish national championship. Bautista scored his first podium position and fastest lap at Donington Park in his second full season in 2004. In 2006 he won the 125cc World Championship with eight wins, on the MVA Aspar Aprilia.

250s[edit]

2007[edit]

For the 2007 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season, he raced for the Aspar Racing Team in the 250cc class. He took his first 250cc victory at the 2007 Italian Grand Prix at Mugello on June 3, also claiming his maiden 250cc pole position that weekend. A second 250cc victory came at the Estoril on September 16, in the Portuguese Grand Prix, where – having started from sixth on the grid he dropped to twelfth during the first lap to carve his way through the field and eventually take an easy win. He finally ended the 2007 season fourth overall in the Championship, and was subsequently awarded the MotoGP / FIM "Rookie of the Year" Award for the 250cc class.

2008[edit]

Bautista in 2008.
Bautista after winning the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix.

Having been tipped as the 2008 250cc champion, he finished 6th in the season opener in Qatar. At Jerez he looked set to win before his engine gave out on the final lap causing Marco Simoncelli to hit his bike,[3] subsequently handing Mika Kallio the win. However, Bautista took his first win of the season at Estoril before he crashed out of the lead in China and Italy, only finishing 14th in Le Mans.[4]

In Bautista's home race at the Catalunya circuit he dominated the qualifying sessions, took pole position and lead the race from the start, but an error while switching gears in the last lap gave Marco Simoncelli the chance to pass him and left him unable to fight back before the finish line. The British round at Donington marked his fourth pole of the season.[5] In another fight with Simoncelli, Bautista missed the top spot again after an overly optimistic passing manoeuver by Simoncelli in the penultimate lap, which caused both riders to go wide and allowed Mika Kallio to pass them and snatch the win. A win finally came at Assen, despite an awful start from pole leaving him 8th at the end of lap 1.[6] He added two more wins at San Marino and Malaysia to finish the season in second place behind Simoncelli.

2009[edit]

Bautista started 2009 by taking three of the first five pole positions, without converting any of them into a victory. Wins in Japan and Catalunya, and a run of five successive podia later in the season, left him second behind surprise championship leader Hiroshi Aoyama. He crashed out of fourth place at Estoril due to a gearbox issue, denting his championship hopes.

MotoGP[edit]

2010[edit]

Bautista moved up to MotoGP for the 2010 season, with the factory Suzuki team. After missing the French Grand Prix due to injury, Bautista made a steady return to the class and finished fifth at the Catalan Grand Prix.[7]

2011[edit]

During practice for the 2011 MotoGP season opener in Qatar, Bautista suffered a broken left femur as a result of a crash at turn 15.[8] Bautista proved on numerous occasions the potential of the Suzuki GSV-R, and almost claimed podium finishes at several races. His biggest flaw was arguably his tendency to crash, often while fighting for podium positions. He eventually finished the season 13th in the championship standings.

2012[edit]

On 9 November 2011, it was announced that Bautista would move to Gresini Racing for the 2012 season.[2] He replaced the late Marco Simoncelli and the World Superbike bound Hiroshi Aoyama. He would later be joined by Gresini's Moto2 rider Michele Pirro, who would ride a CRT specification FTR-Honda as apposed to Bautista, riding a MotoGP specification Honda. Bautista finished each of the first five races inside the top ten; of those races, his best result was sixth place on three occasions. Bautista achieved his first pole position in MotoGP at the British Grand Prix; he finished a tenth of a second clear of Ben Spies and Casey Stoner, who both joined Bautista on the front row.[9] Bautista could not maintain the lead at the start of the race, after Spies led into the first corner; he recovered to finish in fourth place – behind Jorge Lorenzo, Stoner and Dani Pedrosa – which was his then best result in the MotoGP class.

At Assen, Bautista qualified eighth, but made a slow start and tried to alleviate his losses by braking late for the first turn. He locked the front wheel, and fell from his bike, taking down championship leader Lorenzo in the process. Both bikes slid along the ground, with Lorenzo's throttle jammed open, which blew the engine. Lorenzo lost his 25-point lead in the championship,[10] after Stoner won the race; Yamaha lodged a complaint with race direction, stating that Bautista's actions were dangerous, and he was thus given a grid penalty for the German Grand Prix – starting last on the grid – for his actions.[11]

Bautista finished the next five races within the top ten each time, before achieving his first ever MotoGP podium at Misano. He obtained another podium finish two races later at Motegi, after a race long battle with Briton Cal Crutchlow ended with Crutchlow running out of fuel before the race finish.

2013[edit]

In 2013 Bautista continued riding for Team Gresini, with a new sponsor (GO & FUN) and teammate Bryan Staring. Bautista had a good season, battling consistently amongst the second group of riders, along with Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow and Stefan Bradl. He finished sixth overall in the championship behind Crutchlow and in front of Bradl, with a best result of fourth obtained on three occasions, at Indianapolis, Aragon and Motegi.

2014[edit]

For the 2014 season, Bautista was joined by new team-mate Scott Redding, but had a difficult start to the 2014 season, crashing out of each of the first three events on the calendar. He obtained his first championship points of the season with a sixth place in the Spanish Grand Prix, at Jerez. This was followed by a third place finish in the French Grand Prix, his last podium being at the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix.

Grand Prix motorcycle racing career[edit]

Bautista at the 2010 Dutch TT.

By season[edit]

Season Class Moto Races Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts Position
2002 125cc Aprilia 3 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2003 125cc Aprilia 16 0 0 0 0 31 20th
2004 125cc Aprilia 16 0 4 0 1 129 7th
2005 125cc Honda 16 0 0 0 1 47 15th
2006 125cc Aprilia 16 8 14 8 7 338 1st
2007 250cc Aprilia 17 2 7 1 1 181 4th
2008 250cc Aprilia 16 4 11 5 7 244 2nd
2009 250cc Aprilia 16 2 10 3 4 218 4th
2010 MotoGP Suzuki 17 0 0 0 0 85 13th
2011 MotoGP Suzuki 15 0 0 0 0 67 13th
2012 MotoGP Honda 18 0 2 1 0 178 5th
2013 MotoGP Honda 18 0 0 0 0 171 6th
2014 MotoGP Honda 13 0 1 0 1 64* 11th*
Total 197 16 49 18 22 1753
  • * Season in progress.

By class[edit]

Class Seas 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Pod Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125cc 2002–2006 2002 Spain 2004 Britain 2006 Spain 67 8 18 8 9 545 1
250cc 2007–2009 2007 Qatar 2007 Spain 2007 Italy 49 8 28 9 12 643 0
MotoGP 2010– 2010 Qatar 2012 San Marino 81 0 3 1 1 565 0
Total 2002–Present 197 16 49 18 22 1753 1

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Pts
2002 125cc Aprilia JPN RSA SPA
25
FRA ITA CAT
Ret
NED GBR GER CZE POR BRA PAC MAL AUS VAL
23
NC 0
2003 125cc Aprilia JPN
18
RSA
25
SPA
17
FRA
Ret
ITA
28
CAT
28
NED
Ret
GBR
14
GER
Ret
CZE
16
POR
15
BRA
16
PAC
12
MAL
15
AUS
4
VAL
6
20th 31
2004 125cc Aprilia RSA
9
SPA
Ret
FRA
9
ITA
Ret
CAT
6
NED
16
BRA
9
GER
7
GBR
2
CZE
13
POR
5
JPN
Ret
QAT
3
MAL
3
AUS
9
VAL
3
7th 129
2005 125cc Honda SPA
Ret
POR
7
CHN
17
FRA
Ret
ITA
12
CAT
14
NED
4
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
CZE
12
JPN
9
MAL
26
QAT
22
AUS
16
TUR
12
VAL
12
15th 47
2006 125cc Aprilia SPA
1
QAT
1
TUR
2
CHN
3
FRA
4
ITA
2
CAT
1
NED
3
GBR
1
GER
2
CZE
1
MAL
1
AUS
1
JPN
2
POR
1
VAL
4
1st 338
2007 250cc Aprilia QAT
Ret
SPA
2
TUR
3
CHN
2
FRA
8
ITA
1
CAT
5
GBR
Ret
NED
3
GER
17
CZE
5
RSM
8
POR
1
JPN
15
AUS
2
MAL
Ret
VAL
Ret
4th 181
2008 250cc Aprilia QAT
6
SPA
Ret
POR
1
CHN
12
FRA
14
ITA
Ret
CAT
2
GBR
3
NED
1
GER
3
CZE
2
RSM
1
IND
C
JPN
2
AUS
2
MAL
1
VAL
3
2nd 244
2009 250cc Aprilia QAT
7
JPN
1
SPA
2
FRA
4
ITA
3
CAT
1
NED
Ret
GER
3
GBR
2
CZE
3
IND
3
RSM
3
POR
Ret
AUS
10
MAL
Ret
VAL
2
4th 218
2010 MotoGP Suzuki QAT
Ret
SPA
10
FRA
DNS
ITA
14
GBR
12
NED
14
CAT
5
GER
Ret
USA
Ret
CZE
Ret
IND
8
RSM
8
ARA
8
JPN
7
MAL
5
AUS
12
POR
11
VAL
9
13th 85
2011 MotoGP Suzuki QAT
DNS
SPA POR
13
FRA
12
CAT
12
GBR
5
NED
11
ITA
13
GER
7
USA
Ret
CZE
Ret
IND
6
RSM
8
ARA
6
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
MAL
C
VAL
Ret
13th 67
2012 MotoGP Honda QAT
7
SPA
6
POR
6
FRA
10
CAT
6
GBR
4
NED
Ret
GER
7
ITA
10
USA
8
IND
5
CZE
6
RSM
3
ARA
6
JPN
3
MAL
6
AUS
5
VAL
4
5th 178
2013 MotoGP Honda QAT
6
AME
8
SPA
6
FRA
6
ITA
Ret
CAT
Ret
NED
7
GER
5
USA
4
IND
6
CZE
5
GBR
5
RSM
7
ARA
4
MAL
5
AUS
5
JPN
4
VAL
5
6th 171
2014 MotoGP Honda QAT
Ret
AME
Ret
ARG
Ret
SPA
6
FRA
3
ITA
8
CAT
Ret
NED
7
GER
9
IND
Ret
CZE
10
GBR
Ret
RSM
8
ARA
JPN
AUS
MAL
VAL
11th* 64*
  • * Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bautista confirmed at Suzuki for 2010". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). 2009-08-16. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Team San Carlo Honda Gresini — Alvaro Bautista and San Carlo Honda Gresini together in 2012". gresiniracing.com (Gresini Racing). 9 November 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Kallio takes surprise 250cc victory after Bautista-Simoncelli crash". motogp.com (Dorna Sports). 2008-03-30. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  4. ^ "Double victory for Mika Kallio and Hiroshi Aoyama". ktm.com (KTM). 2008-05-04. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  5. ^ Hull, Rob (2008-06-21). "Alvaro Bautista secured fourth 250 pole of the season". Motorcycle News (Bauer Media Group). Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  6. ^ "Spain's Bautista wins 250cc GP category". Google (Agence France-Presse). 2008-06-28. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  7. ^ "Bautista stars for home GP fifth". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2010-07-05. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  8. ^ "Bautista has successful surgery on left femur". motogp.com (Dorna Sports). 18 March 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Barretto, Lawrence (16 June 2012). "Alvaro Bautista takes shock Silverstone pole". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Rostance, Tom (30 June 2012). "Casey Stoner level with Jorge Lorenzo after Assen win". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Bautista penalized after Lorenzo collision". MotoGP.com (Dorna Sports). 30 June 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Héctor Barberá
Spanish 125cc Champion
2003
Succeeded by
Aleix Espargaró
Preceded by
Thomas Lüthi
125cc Motorcycle World Champion
2006
Succeeded by
Gábor Talmácsi