Two year Aprilia deal for Bautista

Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 15 Sep 2014

Bautista stays with Gresini, moves to Aprilia

Another piece of the 2015 MotoGP jigsaw has fallen into place this evening with Alvaro Bautista confirmed to have signed a two-year deal with Aprilia.

The move comes after it was announced on Friday that Bautista’s current team, Gresini Racing, would switch from Honda machinery in 2015 to spearhead Aprilia’s factory return to MotoGP.

Bautista took his 125cc Grand Prix World title with Aprilia back in 2006, the Spaniard then progressed to the 250cc with the Noale factory taking eight victories and twenty eight podiums with a best championship finish of second in 2008. Moving to MotoGP with Suzuki for the 2010/11 seasons, Bautista was left without a ride when the Japanese manufacturer pulled out of the 2012 championship at the eleventh hour. He then went on to replace the late Marco Simoncelli in the Gresini Honda team, with whom he has taken three MotoGP podium finishes.

"I am very happy to have signed an agreement with Aprilia or the next to MotoGP World Championship seasons” said Bautista. Working in close contact with a manufacturer is what I wanted for my future and Aprilia has offered me a great chance. I am also very motivated to embark on this new adventure because I am coming back to a brand that has brought me great satisfaction in the past and with which I have shared some great times. Above all, the cooperation between Aprilia Racing and Gresini Racing will allow me to stay on a team that I've been racing with already for three years and which has become like a family to me. I have worked directly for a manufacturer in the past and I really liked developing a new project together. Knowing that I'll be able to count on the support of so many engineers and technicians is exciting and I can't wait to get started working with them".

Aprilia’s announcement made no mention of a second rider. It was thought Marco Melandri would make his Grand Prix return joining Bautista in the squad but reports now suggest the Italian wants to remain in World Superbikes to fight for the title after his dominant double victory at Jerez. Could it now be Sylvain Guintoli who takes the second Grand Prix seat?

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