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Bautista: ‘Nothing is clear’ for MotoGP 2015

“At the moment nothing is clear... I want to stay in MotoGP” - Alvaro Bautista.
Alvaro Bautista's Gresini Honda contract expires at the end of the season and, with much speculation about his future, the former 125cc world champion was quick to quash rumours that he is looking at World Superbikes as an option.

While his focus is on improving form for the remainder of the season, Bautista stated that his manager is talking only with MotoGP teams at the moment:

"We are talking with some teams but at the moment nothing is clear so we are just speaking and looking for an offer for next year,” said the Spaniard, currently tenth in the world championship with one podium.

“At the moment I'm so focussed on this year and improving my feeling on the bike. We have three weeks for rest and we'll look at [contract offers]. I want to stay in MotoGP because it's the best category in the world."

The only Factory class riders with a known 2015 contract already in place are Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi and Pol Espargaro. Open class team-mate Scott Redding is among those contesting for Bautista's RC213V seat next season.

Bautista was speaking after finishing ninth in Sunday's German Grand Prix, when he was one of 14 riders starting from the pit lane after making a last-minute change from his wet to dry bike.

"Starting from the pitlane with so many riders was very tricky, especially at the beginning with slicks and damp parts of the circuit," said the Spaniard. "At the end I found my rhythm and could fight into the top ten. I enjoy overtaking other riders but not for the position that I expected.

“At the end we saved the result but I'm not so happy with the feeling from the bike. We are struggling with the grip from the tyres because it seemed that the tyres weren't pushing into the ground so we are searching for a solution to this but at the moment we haven't found anything to help us."

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July 15, 2014 11:39 AM

There is no doubt, Bautista is a good rider, but just too inconsistent, I would be amazed if he kept the Gresini ride next year, I think Suzuki would probably be a good option as he did well with them in the past. If I was him, I would consider WSBK, yeah it is a lower level but I imagine he could go there and clean up, which would do his rep no harm at all. If Redding doesn't get the Factory bike next year, that will be an injustice as well, he has regularly challenged, and beaten his more experienced rivals, we know for a fact he can race and beat Pol, even Marc on his day, so in order to see if he can cut it, they need to give him the full fat bike. I think he's earned it now.


July 15, 2014 9:04 AM

His teammate was a spatter of seconds behind him on an open class Honda. I think it's clear who should be on that bike. As for Alvaro, I was glad you got that bike when we lost Sic, but you haven't done it justice, it is time for you to try another manufacturer. Go visit Suzuki again, you could do well there.

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