MotoGP » Bautista looking to lock-down fifth

"The objective is to make sure of fifth place in the championship" - Alvaro Bautista.

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November 06, 2012 4:05 PM

Well, AB has ridden a satellite Honda (so no hope of winning then, Repsol wouldn't like that) and has done pretty well.
Add in the fact that he's the only prototype on Showa suspension to make his and his team's life a lot harder and overall you'd have to say the results have been good for a first season and he deserves to keep that ride.
Who knows - with a year's experience and data behind Gresini, then we might see AB mixing it in the 2nd tier consistently in 2013 (I say 2nd tier as lets face it only 4 Factory bikes are currently front-runners).

Kudos - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 4:29 PM

Exactly true Talentfan. How insulting is his salary for next year??? Beats a factory team with combined riders salaries of over 15 million E on a satellite bike and he has been bent over by his team. Nice. How respectful ...


November 06, 2012 4:42 PM

@ Kudos I don't think Gresini (or any other non-factory team) are exactly flush, so I'm betting any non-factory MotoGP rider isn't getting paid a lot, not just Gresini.
Given that the non-factory team sponsors know that they have NO chance of getting their name on the side of a front-running / winning bike, and very little likely airtime on tv, then the limited value a satellite team can offer has to result in limited sponsorship & funds.
TBH, I'm surprised that (given the predetermined nature of MotoGP i.e. a couple of factory bikes will clear off every weekend while the rest circulate anonomously) that the satellite & CRT teams can raise any sponsorship at all! Unless & until the overall competitiveness of the field and racing is addressed then I can only see a dismal future for the series.

cruachan - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 6:07 PM

Alvaro was on a hiding to nothing this year, inheriting Super Sic's ride, and other than his incident with Lorenzo at Assen has been steadily improving. Fifth looks likely and you'd have got good odds that he'd beat Crutchlow and Spies on M1s.


November 06, 2012 8:29 PM

Alvaro is the type of rider people are always complaining about. In a few years people will start saying he has to go, that we need new up and coming riders. But that's exactly what he is. If he doesn't stay in the top flight, he'll just be replaced by someone else with about the same talent on a team with not enough funding to compete and we start the whole cycle over again.

I totally agree with regard to the sponsorship problems in motogp, all racing really. I read this morning that Suzuki america have filed for bankruptcy. Seems to me we need a rules package that allows teams with limited budget to compete. Money shouldn't determine success in racing. It should be skill, daring and ingenuity that wins races.


November 06, 2012 8:46 PM

Pam - couldn't agree more. Its all well and good for people to moan about the potential 'dumbing down' of MotoGP (and WSBK) and bleat on about how the tech makes the bikes the 'pinnacle' of racing. All of which is actually killing racing. As you say, it is the human element and the skills of the top riders pitting themselves against their peers and the track that is the real value and the real future of motorcycle racing, and the sooner there is a return to those values the better IMO. Alvaro and the other protagonists (& their teams & sponsors) deserve to have an equal opportunity to compete and show what they can do when the game isn't rigged.

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