Álvaro Bautista

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Bautista and the second or maternal family name is Arce.
Álvaro Bautista
Alvaro Bautista 2010 Qatar.jpg
Bautista at the 2010 Qatar Grand Prix.
Nationality Spain Spanish
Born (1984-11-21) 21 November 1984 (age 32)
Talavera de la Reina, Spain
Current team Pull & Bear Aspar Team
Bike number 19
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years 20102016
Manufacturers Suzuki (20102011)
Honda (20122014)
Aprilia (20152016)
Championships 0
2016 championship position 12th (82 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
122 0 3 1 1 703
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 Arce (born 21 November 1984) is a Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and former 125cc World Champion. He currently competes in the MotoGP class of the Grand Prix Motorcycle World Championship. Bautista competed for the Suzuki team in his first two years since moving into the class in 2010.[1] He moved to the Honda-equipped Gresini Racing team starting in the 2012 season[2] and continued with the team to race Aprilia machinery when the factory returned to MotoGP racing for the 2015 season.[3] Bautista will compete on Ducati with the Aspar MotoGP Team in 2017.[4]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Talavera de la Reina, Castile-La Mancha, Bautista rode a motorcycle for the first time at three years of age. His father owned a motorcycle repair shop and built his first bike from scratch; Bautista competed in his first race five years later. In only his second season he finished runner-up in the Madrid Minimoto Championship and then went on to win the championship three years in a row. In 1997 he simultaneously raced in the 50cc Aprilia Cup where he claimed his first podium, finishing the season in 6th place.

Another year in the 50cc Aprilia Cup saw him taking two more podiums and ending the season in third place when Alberto Puig chose him from over 4000 applicants for the now famous Movistar Activa Joven Cup in 1999. He finished his first year in 5th place, ahead of Dani Pedrosa, earning him a second year in the Cup and a place as a back-up rider for the 125cc Spanish Championship.

However, injury the following year set him back and despite taking one podium in the Movistar Cup, he only finished the season in ninth place. In 2001 he entered the 125cc Spanish Championship with Team Belart which folded halfway through the season due to financial reasons. But he was spotted by Manuel Morente who signed him up for the remaining races of the season and offered him a new team with iconic Atlético Madrid sponsoring for the following year.

In 2002, finally having official material at his disposal, Bautista fought with Hector Barbera for the 125cc Spanish Championship until the last race of the season at Valencia. He set pole-position, but only finished fifth after a crash, securing him the runner-up spot overall. The same year Bautista made his international debut in the 2002 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season with the same team, running as a wildcard entry at Jerez, Catalunya and Valencia. He also competed in the 125cc European Championship where he scored a podium in Assen and a fourth place in Hungary.

125cc[edit]

2003[edit]

Bautista’s connection with football was deepened in 2003 when former footballer Clarence Seedorf signed him up for the newly found Seedorf Racing Team, to compete his first full season in the 125cc World Championship. He finished his debut year in 20th place overall with 31 points, his best finishes being a fourth place at Phillip Island and a sixth place at Valencia. The same year he was also crowned the 125cc Spanish Champion with two races to go and after an extremely dominant season, never being off the podium and scoring five consecutive pole-to-victory finishes.

2004[edit]

The Spaniard continued with Seedorf Racing in the 125cc World Championship for the 2004 season. He ended the year in seventh place overall after taking his first podium and fastest lap at Donington Park. He finished on the podium a total of four times, with a second place at Donington Park and thirds at Qatar, Malaysia and Valencia.

2005[edit]

With the main contenders leaving the class, Bautista started the 2005 season as one of the 125cc title favourites. However, a manufacturer switch from Aprilia to Honda, a different team structure, crashes and mechanical failures saw him struggle throughout a disappointing season which he finished in 15th place.

2006[edit]

After difficulties to get out of his contract with Seedorf Racing, Bautista joined the ranks of Jorge Martinez’ MVA Aspar Team only shortly before the start of the 2006 season. Already having a complete 125cc team with four riders before the signing of Bautista, Martinez still managed to provide another bike, mechanics and sponsors for the Talaverano who he had already tried to sign up two years earlier.

The effort paid of handsomely as Bautista went on to take his first 125cc victory at the inaugural 2006 Grand Prix in Jerez, leading the race from start to finish. Another dominant win followed in Qatar, making him the first 125cc rider in four years to win back-to-back races.[5] His excellent form continued until the end of the year, leading the championship table with a great margin from start to finish and eventually becoming 125cc World Champion in Australia, three races before the end of the season.[6] Along the way he took eight wins and broke numerous records, including the highest number of points in the class and most podium finishes in a single season.[7] He stood on the rostrum in 14 out of 16 races. The only times he didn't finish on the podium, he finished in 4th place. Both in Le Mans and Valencia he was leading the race before mechanical problems saw him drop down the field.

250cc[edit]

2007[edit]

For the 2007 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season, Bautista continued with the Aspar Racing Team, moving up to 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 in Estoril on September 16, in the Portuguese Grand Prix, where – having started from sixth on the grid - he dropped to 12th 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.

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 and both riders to crash out,[8] subsequently handing Mika Kallio the win. Bautista finally took his first win of the season at Estoril before he crashed out of the lead in China and Italy, while only finishing 14th in Le Mans.[9]

Bautista after winning the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix.

In Bautista's home race at the Catalunya circuit he dominated the qualifying sessions, took pole position and led 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.[10] 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 again. A second win came at Assen, despite a bad start from pole position leaving him 8th at the end of lap 1.[11] He added two more wins at San Marino and Malaysia and his string of ten podium finishes after the abysmal start to the year eventually saw him end the season in second place behind Simoncelli.

2009[edit]

Bautista started 2009 with a strong showing of speed by taking three of the first five pole positions, but without converting any of them into a victory. Wins in Japan and Catalunya along a more steady start than the previous year moved him to the top of the championship, but an ultimately very costly collision with Hiroshi Aoyama in the final laps of the Assen Grand Prix handed the lead to the Japanese rider. A run of five successive podium finishes kept Bautista in the running for the championship, but a crash out of fourth place at Estoril due to a gearbox issue and errors at Phillip Island and Sepang finally dashed his title hopes with Hiroshi Aoyama going on to win the final 250cc championship for Honda.

MotoGP[edit]

2010[edit]

Bautista at the 2010 Dutch TT.

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.[12]

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.[13] 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 opposed to Bautista, who would ride 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.[14] 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,[15] 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.[16]

Bautista finished the next five races within the top ten each time, before achieving his first ever MotoGP podium at Misano.[17] 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.[18]

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 Laguna Seca,[19] Aragon[20] and Motegi.[21]

2014[edit]

For the 2014 season, Bautista was joined by new teammate 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.[22] This was followed by a third-place finish in the French Grand Prix, his first podium since the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix.[23]

2015[edit]

For the 2015 season, Bautista remained with the Gresini team – now riding an Aprilia – where he was joined by new teammate Marco Melandri. At the midway point of the season, Bautista had collected 13 points, and finished 16th in the riders' championship with 31 points.

Grand Prix motorcycle racing career[edit]

By season[edit]

Season Class Motorcycle Team Number Races Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts Position
2002 125cc Aprilia Atlético de Madrid 51 3 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2003 125cc Aprilia Seedorf Racing 19 16 0 0 0 0 31 20th
2004 125cc Aprilia Seedorf Racing 19 16 0 4 0 1 129 7th
2005 125cc Honda Seedorf – Tiempo Holidays 19 16 0 0 0 1 47 15th
2006 125cc Aprilia Master – MVA Aspar 19 16 8 14 8 7 338 1st
2007 250cc Aprilia Master – Mapfre Aspar 19 17 2 7 1 1 181 4th
2008 250cc Aprilia Mapfre Aspar Team 19 16 4 11 5 7 244 2nd
2009 250cc Aprilia Mapfre Aspar Team 19 16 2 10 3 4 218 4th
2010 MotoGP Suzuki Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 19 17 0 0 0 0 85 13th
2011 MotoGP Suzuki Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 19 15 0 0 0 0 67 13th
2012 MotoGP Honda San Carlo Honda Gresini 19 18 0 2 1 0 178 5th
2013 MotoGP Honda GO&FUN Honda Gresini 19 18 0 0 0 0 171 6th
2014 MotoGP Honda GO&FUN Honda Gresini 19 18 0 1 0 1 89 11th
2015 MotoGP Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 19 18 0 0 0 0 31 16th
2016 MotoGP Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 19 18 0 0 0 0 82 12th
Total 238 16 49 18 22 1891

By class[edit]

Class Seas 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Pod Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125cc 2002–2006 2002 Spain 2004 Great 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 2010–2016 2010 Qatar 2012 San Marino 122 0 3 1 1 703 0
Total 2002–Present 238 16 49 18 22 1891 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
7
JPN
10
AUS
6
MAL
Ret
VAL
16
11th 89
2015 MotoGP Aprilia QAT
Ret
AME
15
ARG
19
SPA
15
FRA
15
ITA
14
CAT
10
NED
17
GER
14
IND
18
CZE
13
GBR
10
RSM
15
ARA
13
JPN
16
AUS
14
MAL
15
VAL
14
16th 31
2016 MotoGP Aprilia QAT
13
ARG
10
AME
11
SPA
Ret
FRA
9
ITA
Ret
CAT
8
NED
Ret
GER
10
AUT
16
CZE
16
GBR
10
RSM
10
ARA
9
JPN
7
AUS
12
MAL
7
VAL
10
12th 82

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External links[edit]

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