Suzuki Rizla+ MotoGP '11

The motoGP team Suzuki Rizla+ will invest all their efforts to the race machine #19 of Alvaro Bautista to obtain a competitive bike to develop the great potential Alvaro carries inside. PUIG sponsors the team and brings its screens to motoGP machine.



from Talavera de la Reina, Spain


Place of Birth: Talavera de la Reina, Spain
Date of Birth: 21st November 1984
Nationality: Spanish
Home Town: Talavera de la Reina, Spain
Marital Status: Single
Eyes: Blue
Car: Suzuki Vitara. Favourite car is an Audi R8
Motorcycle: Suzuki GSV-R
Favourite Food: Pasta
Favourite Drink: Lemon Fanta
Favourite Film: All action films
Favourite Music: All music except Hip-Hop
Ideal Holiday: Beach, sun and relaxation
First Race: Mini-bikes in 1993, first GP race was at Jerez, Spain in 2002
Racing hero: Mick Doohan
Favourite Sports: Cycling and Skiing

Career Highlights
1993 - First mini-moto race.
1994 - Runner up in the Madrid Mini-moto championship
1995-1997 - Madrid Mini-moto Champion
1997 - 50cc Aprilia Cup. First podium, finishing the season in sixth place.
1998 - 50cc Aprilia Cup. Two more podiums and ending the season in third place. Chosen from over 4000 applicants for the famous Movistar Activa Joven Cup in 1999.
1999 - Movistar Activa Joven Cup. Fifth place, in front of Dani Pedrosa, earning him a second year in the Cup and a spot as a back-up rider for the 125cc Spanish Championship
2000 - Movistar Cup. One podium, ninth place (due to being sidelined through injury)
2001 - 125cc Spanish Championship.
2002 - 125cc Spanish Championship with Atlético de Madrid team. Runner-up in the championship. First international competition. 125cc European Championship podium at Assen and a fourth place in Hungary. Also competed in four 125cc World Championship races as a wildcard
2003 - 125cc World Championship. 20th place. Best finish fourth at Phillip Island and a sixth at Valencia. The same year crowned Spanish Champion with two races to go after an extremely dominant season, never being off the podium and with five consecutive pole-to-victory finishes.
2004 - 125cc World Championship. Seventh place overall. Four podiums
2005- 125cc World Championship. 15th place.
2006 - 125cc World Championship. World Champion. First 125cc race win. Eight victories and only off the podium twice during the whole year With eight pole positions, seven fastest laps and 338 points during an almost perfect season
2007 - 250cc World Championship. First 250cc wins and podiums. Fourth position overall and won the FIM 'Rookie of the Year' award.
2008 - 250cc World Championship runner-up. Ten consecutive podiums and a total of four wins
2009 - 250cc World Championship. Two victories and seven further podiums. Fourth overall in the Championship.

2010 - Debut in MotoGP class. Best results were fifth place in Catalunya and Sepang. Scored a number of top-10 finishes during the second-half of his rookie year. Finished in 13th place overall in MotoGP World Championship.

The bikes


#19 Alvaro Bautista

Engine Type: Four-stroke water cooled V4
Displacement: 800cc
Engine Control System: Mitsubishi ECM
Max Power: 225+ ps / 18,000rpm
Valve Control and Type: Pneumatic (air control), DOHC four-valve
Carburation Type: Fuel injection
Lubrication System: Wet sump (Motul Lubricants)
Clutch: Dry multi plates (back torque reduction type)
Transmission: Six speed low friction constant mesh
Final Drive: Chain (RK)
Frame Type: Twin spar aluminium alloy frame
Suspension: Front: Inverted type telescopic (Ohlins) Rear: Link type (Ohlins)
Tyres: Bridgestone
Wheels: Front and rear: 429mm (16.5 inches) (Marchesini)
Brake System: Front: Double carbon disc (Brembo) Rear: Single steel disc (Brembo)
Windscreen: PUIG
Overall Length: 2080mm
Overall Width: 660mm
Overall Height: 1150mm
Weight : 150+kg
Fuel Tank: 21L
Estimated top speed: 330+km/h


MOTOGP: Valencia, SPA

Álvaro Bautista was involved in a four rider crash on the first corner during today's Valencian Grand Prix that scuppered any chances of a successful end to the season for the Rizla Suzuki team, sponsored by PUIG.
Bautista had looked promising and confident in all conditions leading up to today's race and as intermittent rain fell on the track leading up to the start, tyre choice was always going to be important. Starting from fifth on the grid, Bautista got away in the pack heading for the first corner, but his front wheel was accidently touched by Andrea Dovizioso and Suzuki's Spaniard lost control of his machine. As Bautista fell to the floor his bike slid into Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden and Randy de Puniet, leaving the four riders stranded in the gravel trap and out of the race. Bautista tried to re-mount his GSV-R, but was unable to achieve it and walked back despondently, and uninjured, to the pits.
Today's race was preceded by a tribute to Marco Simoncelli, who tragically lost his life at the Malaysian Grand Prix two weeks ago. Every bike and rider from the MotoGP, Moto2 and 125cc classes completed a parade lap and then lined up on the grid - fronted by Simoncelli's bike - along with hundreds of Grand Prix personnel and guests to celebrate the Italian's life with two minutes of fireworks and applause.
This afternoon's race was watched by 75,774 fans at trackside and the spectators that braved the horrible conditions saw World Champion Casey Stoner take his 10th victory of the season. The event also marked the final race for former Suzuki rider and triple World Champion Loris Capirossi. He is retiring after 22 seasons in top level motorcycle racing and Rizla Suzuki would like to wish Loris and his family well for the future.
Álvaro Bautista:
"It has been a bad way to end the year, because before the race I was expecting to be fighting for the podium! In all conditions we had been fast this weekend and I thought we would have a good race today. In the first corner we all arrived together and I was between Andrea and Valentino. Unfortunately Andrea hit my front wheel with his rear tyre and I couldn't do anything to save the crash. The worst thing was that I hit three other riders and they crashed as well, I am sorry for them and also sorry for the team and all the fans. This year has been very tough, it didn't start very well when I broke my left femur and although we did a good job - especially in the middle of the season when I was totally fit, both mentally and physically - we haven't finished with that many good results. I got more and more confident in the bike as the season went on and the work we have done has been amazing, we have come such a long way. Thanks to Suzuki for all they have done and thanks to my team, they work 100% in all races and I think everybody has been able to see the improvement on the track. Thanks also to everybody that has supported me and Rizla Suzuki in 2011, and now we will have to see what happens for next year."
Paul Denning - Team Manager:
"The bad weather that seems to have followed MotoGP this year made conditions really tricky at the start of the race, but given that we didn't even make it around the first corner, it didn't make a lot of difference to us! It's obviously a very disappointing way to end the season, but frankly speaking I'm not particularly upset because all four riders involved are ok and we've seen recently how dangerous that type of accident can be - so we can all be very thankful that all the guys escaped unharmed. I don't think the crash was anybody's fault, it was just too many bikes arriving at one bit of tarmac, at differing speeds, on a slippery track - it's racing and it can happen!
"Rizla Suzuki and Álvaro Bautista didn't achieve the results we could, or should, have done in the latter part of the season, but I hope we've shown a lot of fighting spirit and a huge amount of performance potential. I'd like to thank Álvaro and the whole team for their consistent professionalism and enthusiasm. We'll do some testing here at Valencia with the current bike on Tuesday and hope that we will be able to announce some positive news in the near future."

GP Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana Race Classification: 

1. Casey Stoner (Honda) 48'18.645: 2. Ben Spies (Yamaha) +0.015: 3. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) +5.936: 4. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) +8.718: 5. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) +9.321: DNF. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP): PUIG SPONSORED

World Championship Final Classification: 

1. Stoner 350: 2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 260: 3. Dovizioso 228: 4. Pedrosa 219: 5. Spies 176: 14. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP) 67:  PUIG SPONSORED

MOTOGP: Phillip Island, AUS

Iveco Australian Grand Prix Race Classification:  1. Casey Stoner (Honda) 42'02.425: 2.Marco Simoncelli (Honda)+2.210: 3. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) +2.454: 4. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 13.160: 5. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) +30.886: DNF: ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP - PUIG sponsored)
World Championship Classification:  1. Stoner 325: 2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 260: 3. Dovizioso 212: 4. Pedrosa 208: 5. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 156: 12. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP - PUIG sponsored) 67:

MOTOGP: Aragon, Spain

Gran Premio de Aragon Race Classification:  
1. Casey Stoner (Honda) 42'17.427:   2. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) +8.162:   3. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) +14.209:  4. Marco Simoncelli (Honda) +20.646:   5. Ben Spies (Yamaha) +27.739:   6. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI) +30.373 PUIG SPONSORED:  
World Championship Classification:  
1. Stoner 284:   2. Lorenzo 240:   3. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) 185:   4. Pedrosa 170:   5. Spies 146:   12. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI) 67 PUIG SPONSORED


Rizla Suzuki's Álvaro Bautista, sponsored with PUIG windscreens, had a hard-fought and somewhat lonely race at Misano in Italy today to record eighth place in the San Marino Grand Prix.

Bautista started from eighth on the grid, but was unable to produce one of his good starts and lost a couple of places during the first lap, as light spots of rain caused him to be extra careful in the early stages. Bautista got involved with a group of riders early on and by the time he had found his rhythm he had lost touch with the leading pack. Bautista gave chase to Colin Edwards, who had over a two-second advantage on the Spaniard, but the Suzuki racer hunted him down and passed him on lap-17. Bautista tried to catch the group further in front and although he made a valiant effort to close the gap, he had to settle for eighth after completing the last third of the race with no other riders for company. Bautista and the Rizla Suzuki GSV-R looked spectacular at Misano today as the team showcased a one-off chrome livery to celebrate the launch of the Rizla 'Micron' paper in Italy. Over 53,000 fans at trackside witnessed current World Champion Jorge Lorenzo take a comprehensive victory and close the gap at the top of the championship on Casey Stoner, who finished third. Rizla Suzuki now has a week off before heading to Spain for the 14th round of this season's calendar and the Aragon Grand Prix, to be held on Sunday 19th September.  
Álvaro Bautista: "Maybe this was not the result we expected after qualifying, but I didn't have a lot of confidence on the first lap because it was raining a little bit and I didn't feel like I could push too much - so I lost some positions and distance from the group. When I got into my rhythm the group was far away and I couldn't follow them. Eighth position is not a bad result but we expected more this weekend. We have done a good job during the last few races, but still we have to improve in qualifying to be nearer the front of the grid and make good starts and first laps. Thanks to all the team for this weekend and thanks to Rizla for their support with the new livery. The bike today was looking amazing and I think we all expected more than eighth, but we are confident that we can do better in the next races."  
Paul Denning - Team Manager: "A couple of months ago we would have been happy with eighth place, but our performance level has increased and today we are a little disappointed with the result. If the conditions had been the same as yesterday afternoon, when the track was 10 degrees warmer I think, there was a chance we could have competed for fourth place, but as it was we were so far behind after a couple of laps that to achieve the real potential was impossible. We have managed to get a decent, solid finish, so it's not all bad! "We were very happy to help Rizla launch its new 'Micron' product in Italy this weekend and we will now move on to another home race for Álvaro at Aragon in two weeks time with a positive attitude."     
GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini Race Classification:  1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 44'11.877: 2. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) +7.299: 3. Casey Stoner (Honda) +11.967: 4. Marco Simoncelli (Honda) +17353: 5. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) +17.390: 8. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (Rizla Suzuki  - PUIG SPONSORED) +30.678:  
World Championship Classification: 1. Stoner 259: 2. Lorenzo 224: 3. Dovizioso 185: 4. Pedrosa 150: 5. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 135: 12. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (Rizla Suzuki  - PUIG SPONSORED) 57:

MOTOGP: Indianapolis, USA

28Ago11. Álvaro Bautista recorded his best dry race finish of the season so far at Indianapolis today as he raced to an impressive sixth on his Rizla Suzuki GSV-R, sponsored with PUIG windscreens.

Starting from ninth on the grid, Bautista got a good start and was in seventh at the end of the first lap. He then got involved in a local battle as he fought with the Americans on their home circuit over the next few laps. He got past Nicky Hayden and fought off the constant attacks of Colin Edwards, before resisting the Texan’s advances to leave him comfortably behind.

Today’s race was watched by 64,151 fans at trackside, and under the clear blue skies they saw another convincing victory from Honda’s Casey Stoner, as he took his seventh victory from 12 races to strengthen his championship lead.

Rizla Suzuki now heads straight back across the Atlantic for the next round of the 2011 season, when the San Marino Grand Prix takes place at Misano in Italy on Sunday 4th September.

Álvaro Bautista:

“I am happy with today’s position because this weekend we didn’t have the same rhythm as we have done in the last couple of races. I had a good qualifying session, but I was not quite on par with the top guys and that meant I couldn’t really stay with them and fight in the race. I made a decent start and overtook a couple of riders, but I just couldn’t keep up with the front group. We struggled a bit more at this track because we just couldn’t get the bike to turn how we wanted it to and I think we were not quite at the same level as some of the others around here. I was consistent throughout the whole race and had a couple of good battles with other riders – especially with Edwards – but at the end I got a good rhythm and was able to get some distance on the riders behind. I think today was the best result we could have got – so we did the maximum. We now go to Misano and I think we can be more competitive from the beginning, so I am really looking forward to the race.

“One other thing that was very important was to finish the race as I have crashed in the last two, so I am very happy that I did that! It gives us more motivation and also the team needed a result. I want to say a big thank-you to the whole team for the passion that they showed this weekend and now we are in the best position to make another step forward.”

Paul Denning – Team Manager:

“After showing so much potential in Laguna and Brno - and coming home with nothing - it was great to see Álvaro take the chequered flag today. It was a well won sixth place and it was richly deserved for him and the whole team. I don’t think this is one of the best tracks for us and we were only beaten by the three Repsol Hondas and the two factory Yamahas. This bodes well for the rest of the season, and we’re looking forward to Misano.” 

Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix Race Classification:  1. Casey Stoner (Honda) 46'52.786: 2. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) +4.828: 3. Ben Spies (Yamaha) +10.603: 4. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) +16.576: 5. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) +17.202: 6. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP) +30.447:  
World Championship Classification:  1. Stoner 243: 2. Lorenzo 199: 3. Dovizioso 174: 4. Pedrosa 130: 5. Spies 125: 12. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP) 49: 

MOTOGP: Laguna Seca, USA

Rizla Suzuki’s Álvaro Bautista, sponsored by PUIG, ended today’s U.S. Grand Prix in the gravel after crashing out on the 14th lap of this afternoon’s race.

Bautista made a confident start from 12th on the grid and had moved up a place by the end of lap one. He produced a couple of very strong passes over the next few laps to move into eighth place and join the battle for sixth between the two Ducati’s of Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi. Bautista closed the gap on the pair and it looked like the crowd was in for a repeat of last week’s exciting battle between the three, but unfortunately Bautista low-sided his Suzuki GSV-R and, although he remounted his bike, he was unable to get it restarted and had to retire from the race.

The crowd of 52,670 that gathered on the hillsides that surround the Laguna Seca circuit were again treated to bright blue skies and brilliant sunshine, as they witnessed current championship leader Casey Stoner take his fifth victory of the season on a Factory Honda. Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was second with Dani Pedrosa filling the final podium place.

Rizla Suzuki and Bautista now embark on a short summer break before resuming the 2011 season at Brno in the Czech Republic on Sunday 14th August, when Bautista will be joined by John Hopkins who is making a wild-card appearance at the eastern European circuit.

Álvaro Bautista:

“I am very, very disappointed after today and really frustrated because although we did a really good job all weekend, we didn’t get the result we deserved and I crashed. We tried many different things here this weekend and used a completely different setting to last year and we managed to get the same good feeling as we had in Germany. This is the best I have felt on a bike in my MotoGP career so I know things are moving in the right direction. I think we made a mistake on Friday and Saturday, because we didn’t try the soft front tyre in the afternoons. I think the hard tyre here wasn’t too bad, but it didn’t give me the feeling I wanted in the corners - the grip wasn’t too bad, but it just didn’t transmit enough information. For the race I started with a hard front and I now think it was a mistake not to use a soft one. I got a good start, but some riders closed up in front of me and I couldn’t get past, but I did make up one place on the first lap. I overtook some other guys and got behind the Ducati’s, but I was a bit far away and had to catch them up. My rhythm was really good and I had a lot of confidence in the bike, but I lost the front without any reason and crashed. I had entered that corner at the same speed and in the same place in previous laps so I don’t know what happened. I am happy with the work we did this weekend and pleased with my level on the bike. Before the crash I was fighting for sixth or seventh and I know we can be there now and we have to keep working at this level and higher in the next races We now have some time to relax and charge our batteries, so we can be full gas for Brno.”

Paul Denning – Team Manager:

“I am really disappointed today for everyone at Suzuki, Rizla, the team itself and of course for Álvaro. Starting from 12th was never going to make the job easy, but a very aggressive first couple of laps, and then settling in to a good rhythm saw him right back in the fight and another entertaining duel with the Factory Ducati’s was on the cards. Equally, once the race settled down, our lap-times were not so different from Dovizioso and Spies battling for fourth, so despite today’s’ disappointment there are a lot of positives to take from this weekend at Laguna Seca. We’ll be arriving in Brno with two riders and looking to keep the positive momentum going!”

Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix Race Classification:  1. Casey Stoner (Honda) 43'52.145: 2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) +5.634: 3. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) +9.467: 4. Ben Spies (Yamaha) +20.562: 5. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) +20.885: DNF. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP): 
World Championship Classification:  1. Stoner 193: 2. Lorenzo 173: 3. Dovizioso 143: 4. Pedrosa 110: 5. Valentino Rossi (Ducati) 108: 13. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP) 39:


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