Gresini confirm Bautista for 2013

The final piece of the 2012 MotoGP rider market was confirmed today that Gresini will retain Alvaro Bautista for a second season.

The announcement marks confirmation of the 12th and final factory seat amongst prototype riders with only a handful of CRT riders still to confirm their plans for next season.

For Bautista the summer has been one where he has faced constant scrutiny and speculation about his future but his British Grand Prix pole position and a podium finish at Aragon has secured his role.

For Gresini the season has been one of transition but now as they look forward to the future team founder Fausto Gresini sees Bautista as playing a pivotal role:

“I am happy and proud to announce that today we have finally reached an agreement with Alvaro for the 2013 season,” said the former world champion. “I believe in long term projects and I think that Alvaro still has plenty of potential. I am convinced that he will provide us with much further excitement with some great results. I think that for him we are like family and this feeling can take us very far.”

Whether Bautista will continue as a factory supported Honda rider in 2013, or if that support will be given to Stefan Bradl, has not been confirmed by the Japanese manufacturer but with his future now secured the Spaniard can look forward to concentrating on the remaining races and improving upon his joint sixth status in the championship:

“I am very happy to continue with Gresini Racing, because from day one I knew that being part of this team would feel like being home,” said the 2006 125cc champion. “It is a great team and I am happy to continue with them; even when we have had difficulties this year, we have worked so hard together and I get on so well with everyone here. We will get to know one another even better next year and we can be even more competitive. I thank the team for the faith that they have shown in me and I hope that we can improve our results for the end of the current season.”

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