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:

MOTOGP: Sachsenring, Germany

17Jul11. Álvaro Bautista gave Rizla Suzuki, with PUIG windscreens,  its best dry result of the season so far with a gutsy and battling performance in Germany today.

Starting from 10th on the grid, Bautista knew a good start was required and by the end of the first lap he had moved up into ninth place. Over the next two laps he became involved in what turned out to be a race-long battle with the Ducati's of firstly Nicky Hayden and then also Valentino Rossi. The trio swapped places many times over the remainder of the race, but Bautista saved his best till last. He produced his quickest lap of the race on the penultimate lap and then badgered and passed both Rossi and then Hayden on the final corner to take a well deserved, but hard-fought seventh. Bautista chose the softer option of the Bridgestone race tyres today as the track temperatures and overcast, but humid conditions gave him the confidence to use the softer rubber. The 101,309 spectators at trackside were not only treated to the three way battle involving Bautista, but the action at the front was equally as hot, with Dani Pedrosa eventually coming out on top from World Champion Jorge Lorenzo in second, with current championship leader Casey Stoner third. Rizla Suzuki now heads straight to the United States of America for the next round on the calendar, which is scheduled for Sunday 24th July at the Laguna Seca Raceway in California. 
Álvaro Bautista: "I am happy with today's result because it was a fun race and I am quite pleased with where we finished. At the beginning I had to try and get a good start, because in the first corner you have to be very careful with other riders. I got a decent start and was in a good position just behind the top riders, but I was a bit too far away from them, and my rhythm wasn't quite as quick, so I couldn't quite stay with them. I got involved with the two Ducati guys and really enjoyed the race with them. At the end it was very difficult to overtake Valentino and Nicky because they brake very hard and very late, making it tough to get past. On the last lap I overtook Valentino at the end of the main straight. I then followed Nicky and waited for the last two corners because I knew I had an opportunity there to get him. I had to brake with everything I had to get past him on corner 12, but I ran a bit wide and lost some speed, Nicky overtook me on the last corner, but he entered too quickly and he went out, so I got past him on the exit of the corner. I am very happy that we are the first finisher after the top six because they are on a different level at the moment. For the next race I hope to continue with this way of working and get closer to the top." 
Paul Denning - Team Manager: "I think we showed this weekend at Sachsenring - a track that has traditionally been very tough for Suzuki - that both the GSV-R and the rider have made good steps in 2011 - despite the bad luck and huge injury at the start of the season. The high-speed crash that Álvaro suffered at the end of warm-up this morning was not ideal race preparation and it might have had a small effect on his ultimate pace, but nonetheless he dug deep and a rode a very entertaining and aggressive 30-laps. Maybe with a better qualifying position - which we have to keep working on - or with a luckier first couple of laps, he might have been able to tow along on the back of the fastest riders.  We won't know if that could have been the case until we get the opportunity again at Laguna Seca next week. It was an incredibly competitive race today, all the top riders finished and we were beaten by only the four Factory Hondas and the two Factory Yamahas - this weekend has definitely been a step in the right direction."

eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Race Classification:  1. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 41'12.482: 2. Jorge Lorenzo(Yamaha) +1.477: 3. Casey Stoner (Honda) +1.568: 4. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) +10.513: 5. Ben Spies (Yamaha) +10.719: 7. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP) +27.451: 
World Championship Classification:  1. Stoner 168: 2. Lorenzo 153: 3. Dovizioso 132: 4. Valentino Rossi (Ducati) 98: 5. Pedrosa 94: 13: ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP) 39:

MOTOGP: Mugello, Italy

03Jul11. Rizla Suzuki's Álvaro Bautista, with PUIG windscreens, saw his hopes of what looked like an impressive finish well inside the top-10 disappear in an instant at Mugello today, when a costly slide almost caused the Spaniard to crash.
Bautista got a superb start from 14th on the grid and was up to ninth by the end of lap one. He then got involved in a five-rider battle for sixth place - a position he held for six consecutive laps - and looked like he was heading for a very strong finish, when a huge front-end slide cost him dearly on lap-16. Bautista fought to save his Suzuki GSV-R, but accidently knocked the gear-lever into neutral and ran off the circuit. He re-joined the race and continued to post consistent laps before finally bringing his Rizla Suzuki home in 13th place.
A colourful crowd of over 83,000 fans packed the Italian circuit under brilliant blue skies, bright sunshine and air temperatures of 29ºC. They witnessed World Champion Jorge Lorenzo take his second victory of the season, with current championship leader Casey Stoner third.
Rizla Suzuki now has a week away from racing before heading to eastern Germany for the ninth round of the MotoGP World Championship that will be held at Sachsenring on Sunday 17th July.
Álvaro Bautista:
"It was always going to be a difficult race today because we were starting from the back of the grid and that is never easy. I made a good start and had a couple of strong laps to get up to sixth position. I tried to push to get to the group at the front because they were still close, but I was already starting to have a bit of trouble with the grip from the front of the bike. I nearly crashed two of three times on several corners and my elbow touched down and saved me once! I tried hard to keep my position in the group and my overall feeling was good, even though I couldn't enter the corners exactly as I wanted to. To finish the race in sixth or seventh today was certainly possible, but as I entered turn 12 I lost the front completely. I went into neutral and went off the track and lost a lot of positions. I am happy with the first part of the race, but disappointed for the last part, because as I said before sixth or seventh was there for us today. We have to remain positive though and to keep heading in the right direction and improve over the next races."
Paul Denning - Team Manager:
"It has been a disappointing result for everybody, but taking into context where we qualified, today's race was very encouraging and came closer to showing the true potential of rider and machine. The first five were in a different race today, but to come from 14th on the grid to sixth in the first few laps and to do a 49.4 on the 14th lap - when we qualified at 50.4 on fresh tyres - gives an indication of how much Álvaro stepped his game up this afternoon. I think without doubt Álvaro would have stayed in the fight for sixth place with Valentino right till the end, but we'll never know now! There is now a strong incentive to get closer to the sharp end in the practices - both in Sachsenring and Laguna - and show more of the fight like we did in Mugello this afternoon."

Gran Premio D'Italia TIM Race Classification: 
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 41'50.089: 2. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) +0.997: 3. Casey Stoner (Honda) +1.143: 4. Ben Spies (Yamaha) +8.980: 5. Marco Simoncelli (Honda) +9.076: 13. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP) +47.654: 

World Championship Classification: 
1. Stoner 152: 2. Lorenzo 133: 3. Dovizioso 119: 4. Valentino Rossi (Ducati) 91: 5. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 77: 15. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP) 30:

MOTOGP: Assen, Netherlands

Álvaro Bautista battled against the cold and unpredictable conditions at Assen in The Netherlands today to bring his Rizla Suzuki, with PUIG windscreens, home safely in a points-scoring 11th place.
Bautista had struggled all weekend to find the rear grip to be competitive at the 4,542m Dutch circuit and with air temperatures only getting up to 14ºC - allied to a strong wind that cooled the track even more - this afternoon was always going to be an uphill battle for the smooth-riding Spaniard. Bautista got a good start and was up to 10th from his 14th place on the grid by the end of lap two. He stayed in that position right up until the last few laps before being passed as the race came to a conclusion and had to settle for 11th at the end of 26 difficult laps.
Despite the chilly conditions and the continuous threat of rain at the Assen circuit, over 92,000 fans braved the wintry conditions. The race was eventually won by Ben Spies on a Yamaha to secure his first MotoGP victory. Casey Stoner still leads the championship after finishing second.
Rizla Suzuki now heads south to Italy for the next round of the MotoGP World Championship, as it travels to Mugello for the Italian Grand Prix next Sunday hoping for much better weather in the Tuscan hillsides.
Álvaro Bautista:
"There was no big change in the race from the practice sessions, I still struggled for grip and found it hard to push. For the start of the race we went with the slick tyres, even though it was a little bit wet on the back of the track, but this was the best decision as the threatened rain never came. From the beginning to the end I never had a good feeling on the bike and it was always the same problem for the whole weekend - rear grip was nothing and entering the corners was very difficult. During the race I tried to push to get into the top-10, but each corner seemed very risky and it felt like the tyre was on ice sometimes! Anyway, I'm looking forward to Mugello - hotter temperatures, a great track and we can do much better there. "
Paul Denning - Team Manager:
"Today has been a very difficult race to top-off a disappointing weekend. It could have been worse, in that Álvaro kept it on two wheels and brought the bike home safely - unlike many unfortunate riders this weekend. The conditions in yesterday's qualifying were a bit warmer, but in the extremely cold and drizzly conditions this afternoon it seemed to cost us a lot more in contact feel, grip and confidence for the rider than it did for some of the other guys. Álvaro is looking forward to a much better situation in Mugello next weekend, but the combination of bike, rider and riding style simply didn't put anywhere near enough energy into the rear tyre to give us the grip we needed today. The control tyre situation has a lot of positives, but on occasions like today - when even the softer of the two tyres is way too hard for our rider - it makes it impossible to compete."
Iveco TT Race Classification:
1. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 41'44.659: 2. Casey Stoner (Honda) +7.697: 3. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) +27.506: 4. Valentino Rossi (Ducati) +30.684: 5. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) +43.172: 11. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOTGP) +1'38.466:
World Championship Classification:
1. Stoner 136: 2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 108: 3. Dovizioso 99: 4. Rossi 81: 5. Hayden 71: 15. 11. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOTGP) 27:

MOTOGP: Silverstone, UK

Rizla Suzuki’s Álvaro Bautista, with PUIG windscreens, equalled his best MotoGP result today by taking a brave and confident fifth at a rain-soaked Silverstone in England.
Bautista got a good start and was up with the front runners in the first few corners, but the amount of spray coming from the track - due to all the standing water – hampered his vision and by the end of the first lap he had consolidated his ninth place starting position. As the race developed the Spaniard got into a smooth and consistent rhythm in the treacherous conditions and produced personal best laps that were comparable to a podium position. Bautista moved through the field with a couple of neat passes and benefitted from other riders crashing on the slippery surface. With a few laps remaining he had settled in to a comfortable position and kept his Rizla Suzuki GSV-R upright to bring it safely home for a well-earned and deserved fifth place.
The rain started to fall at Silverstone from early this morning, but 72,544 fans braved the awful weather to witness another commanding victory by Casey Stoner on a Honda, a result that lifts him to the top of the World Championship standings.
Rizla Suzuki now has a weekend off before heading to Assen in the Netherlands for the Dutch TT on Saturday 25th June.
Álvaro Bautista:
“For sure I am very happy today, because we have been able to finish the weekend with a great result. I have to say thank-you to my team, they have so much passion for what they do and have helped me get back to my maximum level. With all their help, this has been the first race that I have been able to feel competitive since the injury and I was nearer my limit than I have been all season – so a really big thanks to all of them! In the wet warm-up I felt very strong and had good feedback from the whole package, so I was feeling confident for this afternoon. In the race it was important make a good start, I did that and I think I was maybe fifth or sixth, but it was difficult to see because I was splashed a lot by other riders and I couldn’t see too much and had to drop back a bit. I tried to get into a good rhythm and as the race wore on I started to ride more comfortably. I saw that a couple of riders crashed due to all the water that was making it very difficult, but I just carried on and did my own thing. I had to have lots of feeling with the brakes and the gas because it was really very difficult conditions and towards the end I saw that Valentino was trying to catch me. I pushed a bit more and started to close on Nicky, but he responded and kept the gap, but by then I had increased on Valentino and I then just wanted to finish. Fifth is a good result and now I’m looking forward to getting to the next race and have the same level of confidence and feeling – if not even better!”
Paul Denning –Team Manager:
“Álvaro did a good job today, and so did the whole team to give him a bike to provide him with the confidence to push in today’s horrendous conditions. He was careful on the first few laps, where it was so easy to make a mistake, as there was a lot more standing water than in the practice and this morning’s warm-up. Once he found his rhythm his pace and consistency were both excellent and he had the right balance between speed and an accident! It’s been a tough start to the season, but now we are starting to see the potential that Álvaro was showing before his accident and we are looking forward to the next race at Assen, where we are sure he will be even stronger.”

Air Asia British Grand Prix Race Classification:

1. Casey Stoner (Honda) 47’53.459: 2. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) +15.159: 3. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) +21.480: 4. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) +26.984: 5. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP) +35.569:

World Championship Classification:

1. Stoner 116: 2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 98: 3. Dovizioso 83: 4. Valentino Rossi (Ducati) 68: 5. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 61: 15. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP) 22:

MOTOGP: Montmeló, Catalunya

Rizla Suzuki's Álvaro Bautista was left frustrated at the end of today's Catalan Grand Prix after the Spaniard finished his home race in 12th position.
Bautista had looked competitive all weekend and after heavy overnight rain had soaked the track this morning, he continued with his good form in the wet warm-up session to record the seventh quickest time. The rain stayed away and the track dried in time for this afternoon's race and as the 25-lap spectacle got underway Bautista consolidated his ninth place grid start. He held on to that until the 14th lap, but as light rain started to fall in the last part of the circuit he couldn't get the grip he wanted to keep the position and came under pressure from three other riders. Bautista battled all the way to the line but was unable to hold off the attacks and eventually bought his Rizla Suzuki GSV-R home safely in 12th.
Today's overcast skies did nothing to dampen the spirits of an excitable crowd of over 81,000 fans at trackside. They saw Casey Stoner on a Honda race to victory ahead of home favourite and current World Champion and championship leader Jorge Lorenzo.
Rizla Suzuki and Bautista will not have to wait long to get back in to action as they head across the English Channel for the British round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship, to be held at Silverstone next Sunday.
Álvaro Bautista:
"I am very frustrated with today because nobody really expected this result. All weekend we have been more competitive than we were in the race, and also in the wet this morning we went very well. I don't know what happened in the race, but I just didn't have the same feeling as I did in the practice. I felt like I had less grip from the bike and it was difficult to stop the bike and enter into the corners. I fought for a top-10 position, but when it started to rain in the last part of the track I wasn't able to go very fast through there and lost some time to the other guys around me. We have to continue working and put this behind us, I'm very disappointed with what happened here, because as I said I didn't expect this. We now have some races in a row so it will be good to get in a rhythm and it will help me to recover to my full potential on the bike."
Paul Denning - Team Manager:
"Today's result is disappointing - it's as simple as that - it's especially upsetting for Álvaro who has worked hard to get back to a decent level of fitness. After qualifying ninth and running very strongly in this morning's wet warm-up, we were looking for a much more competitive race, but we didn't produce the grip levels that we did yesterday and it looked like a very tough race. On the positive side it's another finish and physically he is ready to take that next step up - luckily we don't have to wait long now to get to Silverstone and help him move things forward."

Gran Premio Aperol de Catalunya Race Classification:
1. Casey Stoner (Honda) 43'19.779: 2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) +2.403: 3. Ben Spies (Yamaha) +4.291: 4. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) +5.255: 5. Valentino Rossi (Ducati) +7.371: 12. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP) +45.239:

World Championship Classification:
1. Lorenzo 98: 2. Stoner 91: 3. Dovizioso 63: 4. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 61: 5. Rossi 58: 16. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP) 11:

MOTOGP: Le Mans, France

Rizla Suzuki's Álvaro Bautista produced another strong performance as he fought fairing-to-fairing right to the chequered flag at Le Mans today.
Bautista got off the line well at the start of the race, but was boxed in on the first couple of corners and found himself relegated to last place by the end of the first lap. Bautista composed himself and set about catching and passing the riders in front of him and on lap five he got involved in a five man battle that would carry on until the end of the race. Bautista picked each rider off over the middle section of the race to move up to ninth place, but a mistake later on saw him lose two places. The battling Spaniard was then hit from behind by Loris Capirossi, as Bautista also came together with Hector Barbera - an incident that saw Capirossi crash out. This caused Bautista to lose time to the pack and although he fought back to the group, he didn't have enough laps for another attack and had to settle for 12th place, just 0.463 seconds from ninth position.
Over 88,000 enthusiastic French fans watched the race at trackside, as the storm clouds that threatened stayed away and allowed for a dry race. Honda's Casey Stoner completed a dominant weekend's work by winning the race by over 14 seconds from team-mate Andrea Dovizioso. Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo still leads the riders' standing after four rounds.

Rizla Suzuki will now travel to Spain for the next round of the MotoGP World Championship that sees the Montmelo circuit near Barcelona stage race five in this season's calendar on Sunday 5th June.
Álvaro Bautista:
"This is my first race this year because in Estoril I raced alone, but today I was able to fight with other riders! We managed to finish the race and get more kilometres under our belts, but I did not have the same feeling today as we had yesterday. I felt like I had no good rear grip in the exit of the corner and the bike was spinning a lot and I struggled to stay with the group going for places in the top-10. I made a mistake when I tried to pass Abraham later on as I touched the gear lever and went into neutral and lost some time, and I also had a bit of an incident with Loris and Hector. I tried to catch the group at the end, but it was very difficult to get past them. This is another race completed and I felt more competitive than in Estoril. This race was good for getting the racing feeling back and being able to overtake other riders and fight with them. I did many overtakes under braking and enjoyed the race very much - but not the result! I think if my rhythm had been better I could have finished in the top-10.
"I want to thank all my team, because it has been a difficult weekend with some strange weather conditions, we tried to do the best we could and make a good bike for these conditions."

Paul Denning - Team Manager:
"This weekend has been a successful second step for Álvaro's recovery, and the fact that he's ridden the bike in Estoril and here in Le Mans is a great result in itself - compared to what most people involved in MotoGP thought would happen. The general consensus was to come back at Catalunya, and that was as good as we could expect. Now we have two race-weekends under our belt, his first battle with other riders since Valencia last year and a good platform to really start our season. In Barcelona - the Rizla Suzuki goes well there, the rider will be back to full strength and we're all looking forward to it!"

Monster Energy Grand Prix de France Race Classification:
1. Casey Stoner (Honda) 44'03.955: 2 Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) +14.214: 3. Valentino Rossi (Ducati) +14.564: 4. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) +21.075: 5. Marco Simoncelli (Honda) +31.245: 12. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP) +1'04.192:

World Championship Classification:
1. Lorenzo 78: 2. Stoner 66: 3. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 61: 4. Dovizioso 50: 5. Rossi 47: 16. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP) 7:

MotoGP - Estoril, Portugal

Álvaro Bautista gave another courageous performance on his Rizla Suzuki GSV-R at Estoril today to not only finish the Portuguese Grand Prix, but to also score points and show that he had come to race and not just finish the 28-laps.

Bautista got a great start from 15th on the grid and by the end of the first lap had moved into 12th place, but he was forced to take avoiding action on the second lap as another rider fell in front of him. Karel Abraham crashed his Ducati and although Bautista tried to take a different line to miss him, the Suzuki star was forced out wide and into the gravel. Bautista stayed on-board and re-joined the race, but had lost valuable time and was too far behind the pack to continue his assault. As the race wore on Bautista produced consistent laps that would have seen him compete in the top-10, but because of the earlier incident he was forced to ride a lonely race with only the clock to compete against and his determination to finish the race. He eventually crossed the line in 13th place and, although he was suffering from the injury he sustained at Qatar, he was very pleased to finish his first Grand Prix of 2011.

Overnight rain again made this morning’s warm-up quite difficult, but fortunately the storm clouds stayed away from the race and conditions improved in time for the start. Today’s event was watched by just over 40,000 people at trackside and they saw Spaniard Dani Pedrosa on a Honda take his first victory of the season, with current championship leader Jorge Lorenzo second.

Rizla Suzuki and Bautista will now stay at Estoril for a day of testing, where they will be joined by Factory test rider Nobuatsu Aoki. The team will next be in race action at the historical Le Mans circuit in France on Sunday 15th May, where Bautista will certainly be looking to improve on this weekend’s performance as his healing process continues and his race fitness returns.

Álvaro Bautista:

“I have some mixed emotions today. I am happy because I made the target of finishing the race, but after a decent start and getting in to a good position early on, I am really disappointed that I had to run off the track because Abraham crashed in front of me. I tried to take a different line, but I had to go into the gravel and I lost too much time from the main group. I did the rest of the race alone and ok, we finished, but I would have liked to have battled with other riders. I think it was possible to fight with Toni, Loris and Randy today - or maybe even better! The first target was to finish the race, so we have to be happy about that and now I have 14 days to improve the strength and power in my leg and go to Le Mans in a much better condition than I came here. My body and my mind are now more prepared for racing, so I am really looking forward to the next race.

“I want to say a big thank-you to all the team and to everyone that supported me during the last month. If I can make this effort to be here and finish this race, part of what I did was because all of them believed in me all the time. I also want to say a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mums in Spain, especially my own!”

Paul Denning – Team Manager:

“Today is the same very positive story as the rest of the weekend. For Álvaro to complete race distance and at a far more competitive pace than we could have expected when we were in the hospital in Qatar six weeks ago, is just incredible! The race itself turned into a fitness test after he ran off the track because of Abraham’s crash, but finally we also got a bit of luck as Álvaro was able to avoid all the carnage around him in the first lap as several other riders crashed.

“On behalf of the whole team, I’d like to thank everybody involved in Álvaro’s recovery, both in Qatar and Spain. But the main plaudits have to go to Álvaro himself – his commitment to get back as quickly as he has done has been inspirational. Le Mans is the next step and when we arrive in Catalunya we will be pushing to the maximum again!”

bwin Grande Premio de Portugal Race Classification:

1. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 45’51.483: 2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) +3.051: 3. Casey Stoner (Honda) +7.658: 4. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) +16.530: 5. Valentino Rossi (Ducati) +16.555: 13. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP) +1’24.370:

World Championship Classification:

1. Lorenzo 65: 2. Pedrosa 61: 3. Stoner 41: 4. Rossi 31: 5. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 30: 18. ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP) 3:

MotoGP, Jerez, Spain

Rizla Suzuki's John Hopkins, riding with PUIG windscreens, raced his Suzuki GSV-R to a stunning top-10 finish at Jerez today in his first MotoGP race since 2008.
Hopkins started from 14th on the grid and got a good start that promoted him up the field on the first lap. As the riders settled down he became part of a six-rider battle for eighth place and was regularly trading positions as the race developed. With the final few laps looming Hopkins had extreme grip issues, causing him to lose some hard earned positions, but he still managed to keep a steady momentum and, as other riders were struggling to stay upright, Hopkins rode a smooth and controlled last part of the race to secure a well deserved 10th position for the Rizla Suzuki team.
A crowd of 123,750 fans braved the rain that started to fall on the Jerez circuit from early in the morning. An eventful race saw many riders crash and re-mount in the difficult conditions and early leaders Casey Stoner and Marco Simoncelli crash out of the race completely - along with three other riders who were unable to continue after crashing. Local hero and current World Champion Jorge Lorenzo rode to a convincing victory of over 19 seconds from compatriot Dani Pedrosa.
Rizla Suzuki will next be in action at the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril on Sunday 1st May, although nothing has yet been confirmed as to who will replace regular rider Álvaro Bautista if he is unable to compete due to the injury he sustained at Qatar.

John Hopkins:
"Well, I finished where I wanted to - I certainly wanted to get into the top-10! That was the goal for the whole weekend, but I did wonder if it was going to be a reality when I started on Friday. We pushed right from the start of practice and chipped away little-by-little to bring the lap-time down and just went about the job as professionally as possible. My main target at the start of the race was to try and jump up as many places as possible and get up into the group, because I knew that if I was in there I would be able to follow some guys and do the lap-times. We made up some positions early on, although I dropped back a few places and made a few mistakes - including a huge moment in turn three when I lost the rear and hit the paint - the bike was 90º sideways underneath me, when I should have been going forward! I was able to keep it upright and hang on to a group that included a couple of Ducati's and some other guys in a battle for eighth. Then suddenly the tyres dropped off a lot, but this was my first time in the wet for a while on a MotoGP bike and I'd never used the Bridgestone wets, so we didn't have the electronics set completely in the right way and I chewed up the tyre way too much at the beginning of the race. I dropped off the pace quite dramatically for the last part of the race and I saw many riders crashing, so I knew I was close to the top-10, but my main aim was to finish and bring the bike home.
"It has been an amazing weekend and I'm so grateful - again - to Rizla Suzuki for giving me this great opportunity, it's been great and I've really enjoyed it, just to see everybody in the GP paddock has been awesome! Hopefully in the future you'll see more of me here, but for now I need to concentrate on the BSB championship and we'll see what happens. I once again want to say how thankful I am for this chance and it was great to see my 'away-from-home family' in the Suzuki garage again!"

Paul Denning - Team Manager:
"John said to me yesterday that a top-10 would be a dream result in his comeback ride and to achieve it was richly deserved. He's not put a wheel wrong all weekend, made no mistakes and shown clearly both his potential and that of the GSV-R. The race itself was crazy and just to keep the bike on two wheels for the last third of the race was an achievement in itself. It's actually a shame that we used up the tyres more quickly than some of our competitors, because for the first 10-laps John was in a six-way battle for eighth place and quite comfortably matching the lap-times and manoeuvres of those around him. It's the first time the 2011 bike has been used in the wet so the data from today should allow Suzuki and the team to make the bike a little more user friendly on the tyres. I would like to pass on my personal thanks to John for the fantastic job he did here in Jerez, he showed true professionalism and it was a pleasure to have him back in the team.
"It was also great to have Álvaro here this weekend to support the team; we really appreciate his efforts to drive down from Madrid. He's looking well and the recovery is going in the right direction. We hope to make an announcement regarding our plans at the next two races as soon as possible."

Gran Premio bwin de Espana Race Classification:
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 50.49.046: 2. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) +19.339: 2. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) +29.085: 4. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) +29.551: 5. Valentino Rossi (Ducati) +1'02.227: 10. JOHN HOPKINS (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP) +1'48.395:

World Championship Classification:
1. Lorenzo 45: 2. Pedrosa 36: 3. Casey Stoner (Honda) 25: 4. Hayden 23: 5. Rossi 20: 15. JOHN HOPKINS (RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP) 6:

MotoGP: Losail, Qatar.

20-Mar-2011. MotoGP: Losail, Qatar.
Rizla Suzuki will not be able to replace the injured Álvaro Bautista in tomorrow's Qatar Grand Prix, after exhausting all possible scenarios to get the Rizla Suzuki GSV-R on the grid.

The two riders most likely to replace Bautista - who broke his femur yesterday - are both unavailable, with John Hopkins in America and unable to get to Qatar in time and Nobuatsu Aoki in Japan where travel is very difficult due the terrible earthquake and tsunami tragedy that struck his country last week. The Suzuki management also made tentative approaches to several Moto2 riders that have MotoGP experience, but none of these riders were available due to commitments to their respective teams for the first race of the season.

Hopkins will join the team for the next round of the season at Jerez in Spain as a replacement for Bautista - while the Spaniard continues on his road to recovery.

Bautista is comfortable in hospital following the surgery to pin his left femur this morning, he plans to return to Spain early next week to begin his recuperation with a view to being back in MotoGP as soon as possible.

Paul Denning - Team Manager:

"The 2011 season hasn't yet started and to have this huge disappointment already is very difficult to deal with. The winter tests have been consistent and competitive, especially bearing in mind Álvaro's 'race-day' mentality and his love of fighting with the other guys rather than just riding - we always expect more from him in the races than in the tests, so everything was looking good. The reason for the crash was quite simple - pushing too hard in this section without enough temperature in the new tyre - very similar to Rossi's accident in Mugello last year. But the real reasons behind that - maybe feeling some pressure after losing track time on Thursday night with the arm pump, wanting to get back into the top group of lap-times as soon as possible - are more complex and unfortunately Álvaro paid a heavy price. This sport is very extreme, and the edge between success and disaster is very small. We are all disappointed, but he is the poor guy in hospital with a pin in his femur and a tough recuperation ahead. He has the strength of character and determination to come back from this, and on his behalf we'd like to thank everybody for their kind wishes and support, especially the doctors and staff of the Clinica Mobile who came to the hospital at 2.00am last night to check on the situation and lend their valuable advice and assistance.

"With regard to the Qatar GP, we really wanted to find a suitable rider and have the Rizla Suzuki on the grid tomorrow but the logistics for John or Nobu simply didn't allow it. Also, the Moto2 teams who have riders with MotoGP experience, that we discussed the option with, were understandably reluctant to release a rider at the first round of the championship. Our reason to explore these options was simply to support the Championship, Rizla and all our partners, but ultimately it is a huge ask to expect any rider to jump for only qualifying and the race and expect too much - safety and common sense have to play their part as well and we fully respect those decisions.

"John isn't happy with what happened to Álvaro, but I know he will do a solid job for us in Jerez, and we are hoping to arrange a shakedown test beforehand. Álvaro's comeback timing isn't clear, and John has BSB commitments that clash with Estoril and Le Mans, so we need to wait a while before any decisions for those races are made.

"Thanks to all Álvaro's and the team's well-wishers, we greatly appreciate it and we will do everything we can to recover quickly from this situation."

Hopkins and Suzuki MotoGP together again

The lastest great reference for Suzuki MotoGP was John Hopkins, achieving pole positions and top-3 results. Now, he will join back again the team and is ready to do his best for old times sake!
He will be replacing Alvaro Bautista on the next 4 rounds while he recovers from his leg injures.


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