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Bautista: ‘Nothing is clear’ for 2015
15 July 2014
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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