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Bautista unsure of Suzuki's plans

"I heard in the past that they are testing with the 1000cc bike, but I don't know if it's true or not" - Alvaro Bautista.
Alvaro Bautista still doesn't know what Suzuki's plans are for the 2012 MotoGP season.

The Spaniard has been a Suzuki rider since his 2010 premier-class debut and was chosen to be the team's only full time rider for this year, when the factory scaled down its grand prix project.

MotoGP is switching to 1000cc engines for 2012 and, while Honda, Yamaha and Ducati have been testing next year's bikes, there has been no official confirmation of a 1000cc project from Suzuki.

Most rumours suggest Suzuki will continue (in some form) in MotoGP, perhaps starting next season with this year's 800cc machines.

Bautista, who is yet to sign for next season, said he had heard rumours of a 1000cc GSV-R, but nothing more.

"I heard in the past that they are testing with the 1000cc bike, but I don't know if it's true or not," he said. "I know that they are working to have the 1000cc bike for next year but at the moment nothing is clear.

"I have some offers [for next year] but for sure I am very comfortable with Suzuki. I think we are working well together. I am waiting for them, but for sure I would like to race next year with a 1000cc bike, so we will see what happens."

Suzuki, which last won the premier-class world championship in 2000, has won one race since the switch to four-strokes in 2002. The team's most recent podium finish was in 2008 and Bautista's bets result this season is fifth.

As well as Suzuki, Bautista has been linked with Aspar and Tech 3.

2011 substitute and wild-card rider John Hopkins has made no secret that he would like to make a full time return to MotoGP with Suzuki next year.


Tagged as: Suzuki , Alvaro Bautista , 1000cc

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Chris J - Unregistered

September 16, 2011 11:14 AM

I'd be disappointed if MotoGP lost Suzuki and Alvaro, the combination has proved to be successful in the second half of the season. I'd love to see them go back to 2 bikes full-time next year now they're a bit more competitive. I think many fans would like to see Hopper back in MotoGP but I also think Dovizioso would be a good signing since he's being dropped by Repsol Honda, a very consistent rider who in my opinion still deserves a factory ride. As for Bautista's other options, Aspar and Tech 3, I'd jump on the Yamaha anyday.

mystic meg - Unregistered

September 16, 2011 11:50 AM

hope he stays and waits for the 1000cc,i rate bautista,always thought he was unfortunate in 250s,and was a match for simmo,dovi etc,some days.and hes got something outta the suzuki,i think hes an under rated rider in gps,and took to the bigger bikes naturally, and if had he a repsol he could probably beat simmo and dovi(only my opinion lads),someday maybe we will find out



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