MotoGP rookie Álvaro Bautista has insisted that he will be 'finding the limits step-by-step' as he makes his graduation to the premier class with Rizla Suzuki in 2010, steeling himself for a learning campaign alongside the ultra-experienced Loris Capirossi.
After triumphing in the 125cc World Championship in 2006, Bautista stepped up to 250cc with Aprilia the following year, but despite ascending the top step of the rostrum on eight occasions over the next three seasons, another title was not forthcoming. Still, Rizla Suzuki had spotted the young Spaniard's talent and potential, and snapped him up to replace World Superbike Championship-bound Chris Vermeulen for 2010.
Bautista will appear in his new team's full livery for the first time during the opening pre-season group test at Sepang in Malaysia later this week, and the outing will mark another step in the right direction for the 25-year-old following a brace of appearances aboard the Suzuki GSV-R at Valencia and Estoril late last year.
“I am really excited about this test,” he enthused, “because it feels like my first real time as a Rizla Suzuki rider. I have already done a couple of tests, and the team seemed really happy with the job I did, but this time it will be my bike and I will also be in the team colours so that is another important thing.
“I am confident of my ability on the bike and the initial feeling on the MotoGP Suzuki is quite natural for me, but I will not be trying to break any records yet – I need to learn a lot more about the GSV-R and find the limits step-by-step. This Sepang test will be a good place to start. I am excited to be in Suzuki's factory team, and I will do my maximum for them. ”