MotoGP » Alvaro Bautista leaves Suzuki MotoGP team

Alvaro Bautista has split from the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP team.

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November 09, 2011 3:17 PM

re: "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."

the reality of this however is that if you surveyed a 1000 of those consumers, 99% of them would have ZERO knowledge of the names hopper or bautista. we who consume motogp represent a 1% racing sub-niche of the already niche industry of motorbikes. we don't even warrant a "slice" on a pie chart.

motomoto - Unregistered

November 09, 2011 3:22 PM

clueless shamarone
pushing a bike past it's potentials does lead to a few gravel traps,, but at least AB tried when many others gave up, and he did show the world that he is one of the fastest just like when he was on the 250s. And the Suzuki was so much improved during his campaign for sure. It's biggest handicap was the electronics, with a fraction of the processing power as the Weber Marelli stuff everyone else uses. ,, Huge handicap!


November 09, 2011 3:31 PM

re: "I am very sad to be leaving Suzuki after the two great years that I have had here, said Bautista."

no worries sunshine, a few laps on a 1000cc honda equipped with zeroshift will turn that frown upside down.


November 09, 2011 4:05 PM

re: "pushing a bike past it's potentials does lead to a few gravel traps"

except i meant MORE gravel traps. kinda like T1 at valencia. kinda like the future when he's trying to match pace with casey's RC213 while armed with 200 less cc's should suzuki be allowed to continue campaining last year's bike. it boggles the mind that even after so many deaths, people are still so oblivious at identifying potential safety issues...??? (talk about clueless) same as with simo settling himself down, alva made a good choice. not because it could seem him gain higher profile in the series...? or a fatter paycheck...? it's because the life he saves could be his OWN. why does someone have to DIE in order to realize that over-riding recalcitrant kit to entertain some dolt sitting on a couch in a far away land, might not be a good idea...? rossi knows what i'm talkin' about.


November 09, 2011 4:22 PM

re: "It's biggest handicap was the electronics"

no. it's biggest handicap is the parent company who ALREADY conspicuously failed to support robert's title defense and their own RG500 2-stroke more than a decade ago. "those who don't know history, are doomed to repeat it".

jaykay - Unregistered

November 09, 2011 6:51 PM

i dont blame him suzuki left it to late hope he has go time on the honda

i hope suzuki stay in motogp because soon it will be honda ducati challenge, like wrc citroen ford,come on this ant good we need suzuki and kawasaki in motogp

Reality - Unregistered

November 09, 2011 10:24 PM

Bautista is a talent. He developed himself this year as much as the Suzuki. So sad that the he didn't stay with Suzuki partnered with someone like Hopkins. Why doesn't Suzuki understand it's either in or out and stop sitting on the fence. I hope they stay in with some brains behind their future for a change!

some1 - Unregistered

November 10, 2011 1:25 AM

Randy de Puniet seem gelled with Suzuki naturally. I guess, his Kawasaki experiences given him a fast start on the Suzuki since they not much differences in the bike characteristics and technical aspects.

They should sign RdP immediately and put Josh Hayes or Jason deSalvo on the 2nd seat. 800cc still do okay and spectators can't blamed the factory for being sporting while they suffered the financial difficulties.

john flores - Unregistered

November 10, 2011 4:53 AM

Good luck on Honda, Alvaro.

Regarding Suzuki, whether or not they campaign next year is really just a formality at this point. There's no way they'd be able to field a competitive bike, not with all the developing and testing the other manufacturers have already done... It's ashamed.

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