Spaniard, Alvaro Bautista is confirmed to sign a two year deal with recently announced Aprilia MotoGP team for the 2015 season. The signing of Alvaro Bautista comes shortly after the official announcement that the Aprilia brand will return to the MotoGP World Championship in the 2015 season, one year ahead of their previously announced plan. They have tied hands with the Gresini Racing Team for a four year period from 2015-2018.
Coincidentally, Aprilia was the ride for Bautista when he won his maiden world championship in the 'eight liter' class in 2006 riding a 125cc machine. Born in Talavera de la Reina, Bautista has a five year experience in MotoGP. In all, he has total 16 wins, 33 podiums and 18 pole positions under his belt. In the premier segment, he has one pole position and three podium finishes.
"On Friday we announced our return to the championship with Gresini Racing. Today we have inserted another very important tile in the mosaic by announcing Bautista's signing. I am particularly satisfied because Alvaro has been confirmed on a team that he already knows well, creating the basis for that rapidity in finding maximum competitiveness that led us to moving up our plans to return to MotoGP" said Mr Albesiano, head Aprilia Motorcycles.
"Alvaro has significant experience in MotoGP so his contribution will certainly be essential in developing the new projects with Aprilia in the best possible way. I believe very much in him and his potential and I am confident that he will be able to bring us the results we are expecting. Also, this two year agreement will allow us to maintain continuity in the bond between Alvaro and Gresini racing, which was formed in 2012 and that has been strengthened over the years". Said Fausto Gresini, Head Gresini Racing.
Alvaro Bautista who was very happy, said "I am very happy to have signed an agreement with Aprilia for the next two MotoGP World Championship seasons. 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 with 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".