MotoGP » Bautista, Suzuki head for 'very important' test

Alvaro Bautista eager to see if Sepang pace transfers to the colder Qatar track; John Hopkins to ride first GSV-R laps since 2007.

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some1 - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 1:49 PM

What happen then if John Hopkins lapping faster than Bautista?

Off-course I doubt it will be happening after a long time hasn't ride a motogp bike.


March 07, 2011 3:08 PM

World Champion? Yes.
In MotoGP? No.

So were is the comparison?

And "hang at the front"? Um, who has "hung at the front" on the 4 stoke Suzuki? Nobody. And sadly probably neither will Alvaro on that bike. But good luck to him and I hope he does well.


March 07, 2011 4:30 PM
Last Edited 1638 days ago

Yes! let's compare it to a series that Hopper didn't compete in! That makes more sense than comparing the same series with the same factory! But Alvaro doesn't have any MotoGP podiums or season finishes in the top 5 so that doesn't validate your argument though does it? If you are going to make a comparison do it with apples to apples.

But you know, being 125cc champion makes you a lock for MotoGP success because Locatelli, Poggiali, Vincent, and Luthi, and Talmasci were so successful in MotoGP.......

And remind me exactly how many times did Vermeulen beat Hopper in the championship?

Enough of this.......
Get on with it Alvaro and good luck. I'm out of this........

777 - Unregistered

March 07, 2011 5:00 PM

Vermeulen only won in a rain race or it was a dry /wet race. No one has done in the dry what Hopper has on that bike, 07 he was up at the front consistantly got podiums and finished 4th I think in the championship. I like Alvaro and think he can achieve decent results but a top 5 is out of the question these days. I sure would love to see a 2 man team , maybe next year.


March 07, 2011 5:09 PM
Last Edited 1638 days ago

You gotta admire suzuki's ducati-like dedication to a design that doesn't work. That is the least changed bike since the beginning of the 4 stroke era. It was a catastrophe then and it still is. Hopkins got 4th on it and he is talented, but thank god michelin fell flat on their faces that year.I wish Hopkins would have moved to tech 3 or a honda team instead of being number one for suckzuki. Bautista is too good for that team just like Hopkins and Kenny Jr. Why did they try to build a bike that was nothing like the other bikes they build and sell and race.How much trickles down when it has nothing similar about it to the streetbikes. Nobody will win a dry race on that thing.


March 07, 2011 5:29 PM

Vermeulen won a wet dry race. A win is a win in a race. but he never beat hopper over a season.Hopper battled with Rossi and Stoner in Shanghai on a slow bike on the track with the longest straight on the calendar. He made bad career moves but he is truly gifted. Lets see what happens this year in BSB. Back on topic...Do you think Bautista will finish in front of the Ducatis this year?


March 07, 2011 8:37 PM

Paul Dennings statement 2 weeks ago: "John won't be doing the full Test in Qatar, he will be doing some riding on the bike to help us out with some promotional shots and filming work. That will give him the opportunity to do some laps."

So easy with the guy, he'll be acting, not even riding.
& btw, things have changed since Hopkins left the category. It makes 4 years now that Hopper didn't have a decent race in a world class category. Moreover they're all riding way faster nowadays, the motogp level's never stopped to increase, just ask it to Valentino Rossi.
Hell, to do what Alvaro's doing with the GSV-R, you have to be crazy fast, smart, talented & very experienced technically speaking. I expect you'll hear of the little Spaniard very soon.

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