Alvaro Bautista @19Bautista
Born in Talavera de la Reina (Spain) on 21 November 1984, Alvaro first rode a motorcycle at the age of three. By the time he turned eight he was racing and finishing runner-up in a local championship in Madrid. He was crowned junior champion of the Spanish capital at the age of eleven, when he also competed in the 50cc Aprilia Cup for the first time, scoring a podium and finishing sixth overall. In 1998 he finished third in the same championship and in 1999 and 2000 he came to national attention thanks to his performances in the Movistar Activa Joven series...
Born in Talavera de la Reina (Spain) on 21 November 1984, Alvaro first rode a motorcycle at the age of three. By the time he turned eight he was racing and finishing runner-up in a local championship in Madrid. He was crowned junior champion of the Spanish capital at the age of eleven, when he also competed in the 50cc Aprilia Cup for the first time, scoring a podium and finishing sixth overall. In 1998 he finished third in the same championship and in 1999 and 2000 he came to national attention thanks to his performances in the Movistar Activa Joven series.
In 2001 he moved up to the 125cc Spanish Championship and in 2002 he fought for the title until the final round at Valencia, when he crashed. That season also saw him competing in the 125cc European Championship and make his debut in the World Championship, competing in four rounds as a wildcard. Bautista was snapped up for his first full Grand Prix campaign by Team Seedorf Racing in 2003 and, after experiencing mixed fortunes over the next three seasons, he finally came of age in 2006, tasting victory for the first time at his home Grand Prix of Jerez and going on to score seven more race wins to secure the 125cc World Championship title.
A move up to the 250cc class would wield no fewer than 28 podiums over the next three seasons, including eight wins and the championship runner-up spot in 2008. In 2010 he made the step up to MotoGP with Suzuki and after an intense debut season, he demonstrated exciting premier class potential on several occasions during 2011.
The 2012 season was Bautista’s breakthrough year in MotoGP, as he guided the Team San Carlo Honda Gresini RC213V machine to two podium finishes, at Misano and Motegi, and fifth place overall in the championship. In 2013 Alvaro confirmed his undoubted potential, closing a positive growing season collecting nine finishes in the “top five” aboard his GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V and missing the podium by a few thousandths in at least two occasions, making it sixth in the final standings. 2014 has been a difficult season for Alvaro, who could not really get the feel for the bike. Despite that he was able to seal a place on the podium in Le Mans.
In 2015 Alvaro faced a new thrilling challenge becoming the official team Aprilia Gresini rider, with the important task of developing the Aprilia MotoGP machine and in 2016 he has been able to put his APRILIA RS-GP in the top ten finish for 7 times so far.
Before the end of the 2016 season, Alvaro Bautista and the Aspar Team announced an agreement that brought back to the team in which he was proclaimed World Champion in 125cc in 2006.
After competing for the last two seasons onboard the Desmosedici GP, Bautista made his Superbike debut in 2019 with the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team taking up the challenge with the all-new V4 engine machine.
The Spanish rider finished his first year in the WSBK championship with an impressive series of victories, sixteen in total, plus four second places and four third-place finishes for a total of 24 podiums out of a total of 36 races. He concluded the championship in overall second position.
In 2020 Alvaro signed with the HRC factory team to be part of a new project with the goal to develop the new CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP alongside new team-mate Leon Haslam. Unfortunately the team’s efforts turned out to be seriously compromised by the Covid-19 pandemic. Following the official TeamHRC presentation at the Honda headquarters in Tokyo, and the opening championship round in Australia where the Spaniard scored two sixth-place finishes, racing activity was then suspended for several months as countries went into lockdown. This unexpected situation posed many problems for the new Honda project, not least because the bike is developed in Japan. The revised SBK calendar saw eight tightly scheduled rounds taking place across Spain, Portugal and France, but the engineers and TeamHRC continued to work hard to develop the CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP despite the various challenges. Bautista gradually improved his feeling aboard the bike to the point of being able to consistently fight for top five and podium results during the second half of the season. The Spaniard’s best result of the season was a third-place finish in Race 2 at the Aragon round, which was also the first podium for TeamHRC.
In 2021 Bautista remains with the HRC factory team for a second consecutive year alongside team-mate Leon Haslam, as they continue to develop the CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE SP aiming to fight for podiums and wins on a consistent basis.
Born on November 21, 1984, in Talavera de la Reina (Spain)
Height: 169 cm
Weight: 58 kg
Race Number: 19
Hobbies: Cycling, skiing, cooking and movies
Favourite circuit: Donington Park
Fastest Laps: 1
Pole Positions: 1
First Grand Prix 2002 (125cc)
First Pole Position 2006
Total Pole Positions 18
First Grand Prix Win 2006
Total Grand Prix Wins 16
First Grand Prix Podium 2004
Total Grand Prix Podiums 49
World Titles 1
Podiums: 25 (16 wins, 4 seconds, 5 thirds)
Fastest laps: 16
Pole Positions: 4
2002: 125cc World Championship (wildcard)
2003: 20th 125cc World Championship
2003: 125cc Spanish Champion
2004: 7th 125cc World Championship
2005: 15th 125cc World Championship
2006: 125cc World Champion
2007: 4th 250cc World Championship
2008: 2nd 250cc World Championship
2009: 4th 250cc World Championship
2010: 13th MotoGP World Championship
2011: 13th MotoGP World Championship
2012: 5th MotoGP World Championship
2013: 6th MotoGP World Championship
2014: 11th MotoGP World Championship
2015: 16th MotoGP World Championship
2016: 12th MotoGP World Championship
2017: 12th MotoGP World Championship
2018: 12th MotoGP World Championship
2019: 2nd Superbike World Championship
2020: 9th Superbike World Championship
2021: TeamHRC rider in the Superbike World Championship