MotoGP – Alvaro Bautista Joins San Carlo Honda Gresini Racing For 2012

November 10, 2011

MotoGP

Shortly after agreeing a deal for 2012 with Team San Carlo Honda Gresini, Alvaro Bautista took to the Valencia circuit on board the Honda RC212V for the first time today. It was the first session of a winter testing programme that will continue at Sepang from January 31 to February 2, when the Spaniard will switch to the 1000cc Honda RC213V – the Japanese factory’s new prototype for the new season. Bautista did 55 laps today with a best time of 1’33.814 as he gained confidence with the Honda and tested two new Bridgestone 2012 tyre options. Not too much should be read into this test but the early signs are positive. The team now takes a much-needed break to recover the necessary spirit and energy to tackle its next challenge.

Fausto Gresini “I am particularly satisfied that Alvaro Bautista will ride a Honda RC213V in the colours of Team San Carlo Honda Gresini next year. He is a very fast rider and I also hold him in high regard for his personality and pleasant nature. I am sure that he will integrate swiftly into our group and that we will enjoy some pleasant experiences together in the future.”

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