MotoGP » Suzuki: Bautista's not stupid…

"Alvaro's not stupid… he knew he had to push hard to keep fourth place - fifth or sixth wasn't going to do it as far as he was concerned. That's racing" - Paul Denning.

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October 03, 2011 7:54 AM

Ah, he was soft tyres, so his position was always in danger. None the less, Bautista has come on stronger this year as he recovered from his leg break. The Suzuki is way better than last year also.

Bautista is a great rider. His efforts in 250's are testament to this. The Suzuki is a 95% bike, it is almost there, it just needs a little bit more to make that next step. Well done boys.

hotrider7 - Unregistered

October 03, 2011 9:02 AM

Of cause they are the same person, john translates into Dutch as JAN
and not only wooden shoes but cheese heads also
get a life and give some respect

John - Unregistered

October 03, 2011 10:39 AM

Sure an official rider doesn't develop his own bike,
Sure it's easy, he just has to finish 6th,
Sure Suzuki's got the biggest budget out there,
Sure Alvaro forgot to press simultaneously X and O to ignite his Nitrous Oxyde Boosters.
Sure it's just common sense...

One word John: C.L.U.E.L.E.S.S

I never said it was easy to get 6th, I never said Suzuki have the biggest budget, and I dont know what that crap is about nitrous oxide.

But the fact is around 6th is where he should be finishing all the time, and when he does it he ruins it by crashing out in one of the next races.


October 03, 2011 3:29 PM
Last Edited 1515 days ago

"But the fact is around 6th is where he should be finishing all the time, and when he does it he ruins it by crashing out in one of the next races."

He's dealing with the works Yamahas, Hondas and Ducatis on a Suzuki. Since Alvaro is there, they improved the bike sure, they're STILL doing it by the way, but he has to ride the gsv-r at 120% to be there.

He may have some crashing problems because he always wants to get the best result without any compromise, but no one can't deny it, the kid is damn fast. And THIS is a priceless gift.

So yeah, give him an Honda he'll be fighting for the top 4 all the time, no problem with that.


October 03, 2011 6:09 PM

Inspeedwetrust,agree completely mate.Alvaro has the problem with the Suzuki that Casey had with the Ducati.And by that i mean the bike has to be ridden at the edge to be competitive and he is sure as hell riding it hard.I too wonder how he would fair on a Honda or Yamaha.Quite well i reckon.


October 03, 2011 7:18 PM

@ hoppy

Probably better than Simoncelli.

Bautista's quality, I'm looking forward to Hopkins' wildcard. I may be wrong but I expect Bautista to comfortably have the measure of him and shut up those who believe that Bautista's not reaching the bike's potential (certainly in terms of speed)

Rooty - Unregistered

October 03, 2011 10:33 PM

Alvaro has done a fantastic job on the Suzuki.

Denning and Poncharal are very experienced guys and both of them openly rate and want to sign him. Not a bad testament!!!
Fact is, he's had to provide the feedback and needs on that bike single handedly which puts a lot of pressure on. Honda have four factory spec bikes out there and even last year had three riders providing the feedback. Add to that the fact they've been poaching techies from all over the last few years, been throwing cash at the project and it's no wonder their bike has come so far. The Suzuki has improved greatly which is testament to Alvaro's level of feedback and the team's hard work.
Fact is, he's having to push to get the results he's been getting. Fair enough he has pushed that boundary too far a few times but that's the price that will inevitably be paid for what the team are trying to achieve.
We all knock these guys from time to time but we should remember that they are the elite and are there really any of

Rooty - Unregistered

October 03, 2011 10:37 PM

Sorry, long post... who could do better? I'm guessing not. I will openly admit that I criticise some riders for their attitudes but Alvaro comes across as a hard working, polite and fun loving guy so show some support for a guy doing his best and pushing the limit ... that's what racing's about.

P.s. I want to see Hopkins back in a two man team with Alvaro next year but I also kinda want to see Samsung Crescent Suzuki get a chance at WSB and their best chance would be with Hopkins. Oh what a conundrum!

I don't usually reply on here due to cretins like John but I had to reply to him saying Bautista struggled to get 10th at the start of the season.

Considering he broke his leg at Qatar, I'm not surprised upon his return he couldn't break the Top 10 at the start of the season.

Since then, he's had a 5th, two 6ths a 7th and and 8th, he's also had an 11th and a 13th however these were a few races ago - it's clear the suzuki has developed more towards this end of the season. He's crashed a lot recently out of 6th/7th/8th places - of course he's going to crash, he's a young rider who started off on a crap bike who is now challenging two former world champions on the ducatis - pressure always beats young riders in their first couple of years, all you need to say is, Stoner, Lorenzo, Simoncelli - exactly the same.

Get off your high horse and pay attention, you clearly know nothing about MotoGP.


October 04, 2011 9:26 AM

Sure, he could have finished fifth or sixth which would have been good, but he saw the opportunity to hang on to fourth which would have been brilliant on that bike - and knew that it would take some seriously on-the-edge riding. And he went for it, of course. Didn't work this time but who can blame him for that really? Ballsy ride I say, hats off to Bautista.

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