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Alvaro Bautista confident of Gresini future

17 September 2012

Alvaro Bautista, who celebrated his first MotoGP podium at Misano on Sunday, is confident he will remain with the San Carlo Honda Gresini team in 2013.

Bautista's RC213V is the only manufacturer machine - from Honda, Yamaha or Ducati - still available for next season.

Numerous riders have been linked with the seat but Bautista - who also took his first pole earlier this year, then went through something of a mid-season slump after colliding with Jorge Lorenzo at Assen - believes team principal Fausto Gresini wants him to continue.

“In the last races I had a lot of problem with the suspension because as you know we are the only team with Showa suspension and so we have no reference,” explained Bautista, speaking after his emotional debut podium at a circuit remained after late Gresini star Marco Simoncelli.

“Sometimes we are lost but we try our best. This weekend we made a different setting, we were more competitive and most importantly I could enjoy myself again.

“Now we have a new line of work for the future and for sure with the good race result it is more easy for [my] future with the team. I am confident. I want to say thanks to everyone who trusted me before this podium.

“One race cannot decide your future, you have to see all the work that goes on behind.”

Pressed further on his 2013 chances, Bautista admitted he has been amused by stories linking other riders to the seat - some of whom have since signed elsewhere.

“At the moment all I can say is that I want to stay in this team and Fausto wants me for next year. We are speaking about the economy and everything for the bikes,” he said.

“It is very funny because two races ago people said a rider was already 'signed' with Fausto and the next day he signed with another factory. Then another rider had 'signed' with Fausto and the next day he had signed with another factory too!

“People say things, from my point of view, that are stupid because nothing was sure.

“The reality is that I want to stay with them and Fausto wants to stay with me. We are speaking. There is nothing clear at the moment, but I hope to resolve the situation in the next weeks.”

Ben Spies and Andrea Iannone were among the names cited as taking Bautista's place - both have now signed for Pramac Ducati.

Other riders, alongside Bautista, still thought to be in contention for the Gresini ride are Jonathan Rea and Scott Redding.

Former 125cc world champion Bautista spent his first two seasons in MotoGP with Suzuki.


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