MotoGP » Alvaro Bautista leaves Suzuki MotoGP team

Alvaro Bautista has split from the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP team.

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Paddles - Unregistered

November 09, 2011 11:15 AM

interestingly, suzuki's sales figures for bikes increased this reporting period so you'd expect them to be building on that by promoting them with a motogp team.

it's sad to see a talent like AB leave the team, but in any professional sport you only get a small number of years to shine and gresini prepare a pretty good machine so good luck to him i reckon. it's very interesting that RDP can jump on the gsvr with only a few hours notice and turn very competitive lap times at 800cc with the rest of the test on 1000cc.


November 09, 2011 11:20 AM

Remember that team let Ben Spies go a few years ago. Alvaro was pretty close to be out of mgp, he was waiting too long. He took the right decision.

Moreover the Honda will be a better bike, no doubt about it.

Fat Rabbit Racing - Unregistered

November 09, 2011 11:23 AM

Its a real shame that he has had to do this, but Suzuki are making their decision too late in the year. What the team has dome in the second half of the season has been amazing really.
MotoGP is way too expensive for most teams now, even fairly moderate crash damage costs tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands to repair. What I find annoying is that, when they wrote the rule books for next year, they didn't take the opportunity to go back to valve spring engines and ban carbon fibre for use on fairings, seats etc. Also, the need for a spare bike per rider in case it rains must add a massive amount to the budget required to go racing.
I hope Suzuki are staying, but I doubt it, and certainly not with two riders. Hope I am wrong.


November 09, 2011 11:42 AM


Think before you post buddy, the track conditions were totally different between Saturday (cold and rain) and yesterday (sunny), oh and Randy tried the brand new Bridgestone tires too !
So there's no comparison possible there.

Btw just to think AB didn't ride the gsvr to the limit is baseless, how many times did he have to crash to stay with the Honda and Yamaha factory bikes ???

barrybrillo - Unregistered

November 09, 2011 12:29 PM

dont want to be horrible but dont really care if they stay or not. Never ever gave any british rider a fair chance since the 80s even though they are based in the UK. Obviously if you were american you could linger around for as long as you wanted.
Running one rider . Does it really cost that much more to make 2 lots of everything while the salaried bloke is sat at his lathe or welding kit?

Moses - Unregistered

November 09, 2011 1:25 PM

good to see people dont blame Bautista to change, every one think is sad,even other part, now have real chance to face the top...and also De Puniet a better bike, he deserve a good status too...i hope see Bautista in 2013 with Suzuki again...2 riders and Hopper wild card from wsbk...


November 09, 2011 3:03 PM

re: "He was just starting to go places on that bike."

yeah, the gravel trap.

re: "That Suzuki has so much potential."

this was an entirely reasonable comment for the year 2002. fast forward a decade and one would think it'd be pretty clear how ridiculous it is to be found "banging this drum" going into the year 2012...?

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