MotoGP » Bautista happy to be Suzuki's lone star in 2011

Following a promising test at Sepang earlier this month, Álvaro Bautista admits that whilst he is currently finding it tough being Suzuki's lone flag-bearer in MotoGP, ultimately he is convinced it will pay off

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February 14, 2011 1:44 PM

Being in a one rider team will be difficult.

The disadvantages of being in a one rider team will be more pronounced once testing is over and the season start. There isn't a lot of time to be wasted on a race weekend. On Fridays of a race weekend, one rider may be testing which tires are best or working on race set up and another may be testing a new part or engine setting or whatever. But being in a one rider team, Bautista will have to do the program of both riders. Heaven forbid if they go to a track and can't find a setup. There is no extra rider to try different approaches or to gather extra data.

Chriszx6r - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 2:51 PM

He's a talent for sure - used to love watching him in the smaller classes - but you don't see much of him in MotoGP being at the mid/back of the field but he always gives 100% ('specially Brno last year) and gets some decent results. He deserves a bigger break I think...

Glass half full I hope he and Suzuki can pull off what he describes in the interview
Glass half empty I think Rawdog is correct.

I'm in a good mood today and I'll say he'll do alright inside the top 10 most races.

not sure - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 2:59 PM

Chris, is top ten good enough for a works bike? not too sure myself, would love to see the Suzuki up there giving Honda/Yamaha, and maybe Duke a run. If they have another poor season will they be back on the grid next year with all the cost of developing the 1000cc bike?

not sure - Unregistered

February 14, 2011 4:32 PM

Again Chris, He is a great talent more often than not with a great big smile on his face, that is apart from the time when he had egg on his face after wrecking his 250 while doing a celebration wheelie, loved all the tussles with the likes of Simo and the rest proper fairing bashing


February 14, 2011 5:48 PM

Double edged blade for sure.Generally,AL is in an enviable postion.No 'tug o war'. It's not his job to re-design the Suz,its his job to race it faster and faster and stay on board all season long.
Rider says 'the bike does not respond to my efforts'.Crew chief asks where?.The rider says 'I can't pinpoint it,but I have no feedback at turn 9 in Sepang'.
Therein lies the crux of the matter and AL has alluded to it. Crew chief conveys message to Suzuki engineer.Engineer says 'tell him to push harder and give us more data to work with'.
All things considered,I reckon Suz will be better as a solo outfit this year,and regular top 10.

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