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Barbera gets MotoGP ride?

Rumours suggest that Alvaro Bautista has decided against graduating to MotoGP with the Aspar team next season and will instead join Suzuki.

In response, Italian website is reporting that Jorge Martinez 'Aspar' has signed fellow 250cc race winner Hector Barbera to pilot his Ducati Desmosedici GP10.

Bautista presently sits second in the 250cc World Championship, 15 points behind Hiroshi Aoyama, with two wins from six podiums so far this season.

Suzuki is the only factory team able to sign rookie riders, since it has no satellite outfit. Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen currently ride for Suzuki, but are yet to take a podium in 2009. Both are out of contract at the end of this season.

Suzuki has told that it will not comment on the rumours.

Barbera, who presently rides for the Pepe World Aprilia outfit, is fourth in the 250cc world championship, with three podiums, including one win. This year is Barbera's fifth in the quarter-litre class. His best full season to date was in 2007, when he finished fifth in the final standings.

Official confirmation of at least one of the deals could come during this weekend's Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno.

Reigning 250cc world champion Marco Simoncelli has already been confirmed at Honda Gresini for 2010, while Aoyama is also being linked to a MotoGP ride next season.

Gresini Honda's Toni Elias is another Spanish rider to be linked to the Aspar MotoGP deal.

Tagged as: Ducati , Suzuki , Brno , 250cc , Hector Barbera , Aspar

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GreenEnvy 22

August 13, 2009 1:29 PM

Could this be the first big name rider to skip Ducati due to the Non-Stoner curse? Riders might be seeing everyone other then Stoner on the Ducati GP bike struggling, and deciding to not risk their careers. That said, Suzuki's bike won't get you much better results then the other Ducati riders, but at least you won't have one guy on the same bike out-shining you week after week.


August 13, 2009 7:25 PM

If no-one offers Aoyama a ride, it's a crying shame - I've loved him the past few years, but this year he's taken it to another level (admittedly, Bautista's joined him). As for Bautista to Suzuki, why not? At least he gets full works backing and Suzuki surely have to be able to produce a podium-worthy bike soon (I realise this is a very hopeful statement!). Finally, Barbera. Someone mentioned the Ducati curse earlier and they're just not going to get top names as long as the bike stays an enigma, especially for the satellite rides. Go to a top guy and offer him a potentially career destroying ride and they'll think twice. Go to a 250 rider who's never going to get another shot...

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