Bautista Joining Honda Gresini. Alvaro Bautista has made the decision to leave the Rizla Suzuki team. The Spanish rider was attempting a new challenge with the Gresini Honda team for the 2012 season, and he'll make his debut in the post-season training in Valencia on Wednesday (11.09.11).
Thus, you've got one Gresini rider for the season premiere 1000 cc engine in 2012. There remains one vacant place, following the death of rider Marco Simoncelli mainstay, as well as the movement of Hiroshi Aoyama to the World Superbikes.
"I am very pleased that Alvaro Bautista will be riding a Honda RC213V with the color of the San Carlo Honda Gresini team next year," said team principal Fausto Gresini. "He is a very fast rider, and I am also happy because he is a nice person.
"I am confident that he will be quickly integrated into our group, and together we will enjoy pleasant experiences in the future."