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Your MotoGP Rider of the Year: 7th

You vote Alvaro Bautista 7th in's MotoGP Rider of the Year poll
MotoGP Rider of the Year 2011:
7th Alvaro Bautista
Your score out of 10: 6.81 (average)

Team: Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
Bike: GSV-R (factory)
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Poles: 0
Championship points: 67 (4.5 points per start average)
Championship position: 13th

Alvaro Bautista, the only full-time Suzuki rider on the 2011 MotoGP grid, may have only finished 13th in the championship - but you voted him seventh overall in the MotoGP Rider of the Year poll, thanks to an average mark of 6.81 out of 10.

Bautista's second season in MotoGP began disastrously with a broken femur during practice for round one in Qatar. After making an early return - the Spaniard missed just two races - Bautista went on to claim three top-six finishes and matched his career best fifth place from 2010.

Bautista also qualified fourth at Phillip Island, traditionally the GSV-R's worst track, which became a memorable front row start after Jorge Lorenzo withdrew from the race. However Bautista's final championship position was negatively influenced by crashing out of four races, including while trying to hold onto fourth place at Motegi.

No rider in the 2011 MotoGP Rider of the Year poll gained more places relative to their championship position than Bautista, who is moving to Gresini Honda for 2012.'s MotoGP Rider of the Year 2011:
7. Alvaro Bautista 6.81
8. Colin Edwards 6.20
9. Nicky Hayden 6.00
10. Valentino Rossi 5.96

About the vote: Over 79,000 votes were cast during this year's MotoGP poll, which asked viewers to award each of the 17 full-time riders a score out of 10.

As well as results, viewers were asked to take into account factors such as machinery specification, performance relative to team-mates, injuries, plus the ability to communicate with fans and promote the sport.

The full 17-rider rundown will be listed after the winner is announced on December 31.

Do you agree the poll results? If not, why not? Leave your comments below...

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December 25, 2011 6:53 AM

Bautista's promising season raised some questions for me that won't be answered until next year. At times he was fast and he could have been over riding a Suzuki that was almost fast enough, hence the excessive number of crashes. The problem is that with only one blue bike there was no other rider to compare with and no way of determining how close the Suzuki really was (Hopkins efforts were too brief). In any case, an outstanding and brave comeback from a broken femur and hopefully will be rider that shows more next year.

rog - Unregistered

December 26, 2011 4:54 PM

If the Suzuki was auch the bike some claim it to be (a winner in Stoner's jhands, yeah right) I doubt they would be so foolish to fold the project now. Yeah, this year the Suzuki showed more promised than last year and the 1000s are a totally new ball game, but Bautista was the one that showed flashes of brilliance and Hopkins (I like the guy, mind), in spite of his best efforts, never made through qualifying!

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