Alvaro Bautista is sticking with Aspar Staff Ducati for the 2018 MotoGP world championship, after signing a brand new one-year deal.
The Spanish rider, who claimed the 2006 125cc world title with Aspar, returned to the workforce this season after two detached years on the manufacturing facility Aprilia.
Having claimed 4 top-seven finishes within the opening 9 rounds of 2017, together with a powerful fourth place in Argentina, Bautista has been locked down by Aspar for the 2018 marketing campaign.
The transfer ends curiosity from Aprilia to lure again the Spanish rider and – with the likes of Cal Crutchlow, Danilo Petrucci and now Bautista all staying put – will increase Sam Lowes’ possibilities of remaining on the RS-GP.
Aspar have advised Crash.internet that Bautista will journey a GP17 Desmosedici subsequent season, his to-be-confirmed team-mate getting a GP16.
“I’m pleased to be spending one other season as a part of the Pull&Bear Aspar Staff household,” Bautista mentioned. “It’s a union that may assist each the workforce and myself to develop. We’re having a powerful season, I’ve an excellent relationship with the workforce and I really feel very snug on the Ducati and with the assist from the manufacturing facility. I feel we are able to proceed to enhance and obtain good outcomes.”
Jorge Martinez, Aspar Staff normal supervisor, believes Bautista is properly positioned to construct on his success to date.
“It’s excellent news for the Pull&Bear Aspar Staff that now we have reached this settlement with Álvaro Bautista,” Martinez mentioned. “We imagine in him and we’re having fun with a really robust season. We even have quite a lot of religion in Ducati, we get nice assist from the manufacturing facility and thru extending this relationship, collectively we are able to enhance much more.
“I hope this yr nonetheless holds many extra excessive factors like those now we have loved already, and that subsequent season holds much more nonetheless.”
Bautista sits 11th within the MotoGP riders’ championship on the halfway stage of the season.
Karel Abraham at present rides alongside Bautista on a GP15 machine. The Czech rider is but to substantiate his 2018 plans.
Completely happy to annuncie i am going to race once more the @DucatiMotor @asparteam for 2018!
Contento de anunciar que correré con @asparteam d nuevo en 2018!👍🏼 pic.twitter.com/1CCi6Lu7fp
— Alvaro Bautista Arce (@19Bautista) July 17, 2017