Angel Nieto Aspar Team Ducati #19 Spanish
Álvaro Bautista Arce Born in Talavera de la Reina, Castile-La Mancha, on the 21 November 1984 is a Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and former 125cc World Champion. He currently competes in MotoGP. Bautista competed for the Suzuki team in his first two years since moving into the class in 2010. He moved to the Honda equipped Gresini Racing team starting in the 2012 season and continued with the team to race Aprilia machinery when the factory returned to MotoGP racing for the 2015 season. Bautista will compete on with the Angel Nieto Team Ducati in 2018.
Bautista rode a motorcycle for the first time at three years of age. His father owned a motorcycle repair shop and built his first bike from scratch; Bautista competed in his first race five years later. In only his second season he finished runner up in the Madrid Minimoto Championship and then went on to win the championship three years in a row.
He competed in the 50cc Aprilia Cup, Movistar Activa Joven Cup in 1999 and the 125cc Spanish Championship.
2002 Season 125cc Spanish Championship.
125cc World Championship.
In his first full season he finished 20th place with 31 points. He was also crowned the 125cc Spanish Champion.
He finished seventh after taking his first podium and fastest lap at Donington Park. He finished on the podium a total of four times.
A switch from Aprilia to Honda, saw him struggle throughout he finished a disappointing 15th place in the championship.
Bautista joined Jorge Martinez’ MVA Aspar Team. Bautista took his first 125cc victory at Jerez, leading the race from start to finish and again in Qatar. He became the 125cc World Champion. He took eight wins and 14 rostrums.
Bautista continued with the Aspar Racing Team, moving up to the 250cc class. He took his first 250cc victory and pole position at the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, also taking a win at Estoril in the Portuguese Grand Prix. He was fourth overall in the Championship and awarded the MotoGP / FIM 250cc "Rookie of the Year".
He won at Estoril, Assen, San Marino and Malaysia. Came 2nd at Catalunya and Donington. 6th in Qatar. He ended the season in second place behind Simoncelli.
Bautista took three of the first five pole positions. Wins in Japan and Catalunya and five successive podiums got him second championship.
Bautista moved up to MotoGP for the 2010 season, with the factory Suzuki team. Best result was fifth at the Catalan Grand Prix.
He had a tendency to crash often while fighting for a podium position. He finished 13th in the championship.
Bautista moved to Gresini Racing riding a MotoGP spec Honda. Bautista finished five races in the top ten, three six places. He took his first pole position in MotoGP at the British Grand Prix, and to finish in fourth place, his best result in MotoGP. He got his first ever MotoGP podium at Misano.
With Team Gresini Go & Fun. He finished sixth overall in the championship. A best result of fourth obtained on three occasions, at Laguna Seca, Aragon and Motegi.
Bautista was joined by Scott Redding. His best result was a third place finish in the French Grand Prix.
With the Gresini team riding an Aprilia he finished 16th in the riders' championship with 31 points.
Riding an Aprilia again, best results two seventh places in Japan, Malaysia and eight in Catalunya. He finished 12th in the Championship with 82 points.
In 2017, Bautista joined the Pull&Bear Aspar Team in MotoGP racing a Ducati.
Still with former world champion Jorge Martínez and the Pull&Bear Aspar Team but a change of machinery to Ducati. Best finishes were Argentina with a fourth, Italy fifth and Germany sixth place.
He will continue with the team in 2018 – now called the Angel Nieto Team Ducati.
- Roland Potter