In its latest statement, Aspar confirms the extension of Alvaro Bautista’s contract with the team for another season. The Spaniard will ride the Ducati to compete in the 2018 MotoGP World Championship.
Speaking on this extended partnership, Alvaro Bautista said, “I am happy to be spending another season as part of the Pull&Bear Aspar Team family. It is a union that can help both the team and myself to grow. We are having a strong season, I have a good relationship with the team and I feel very comfortable on the Ducati and with the support from the factory. I think we can continue to improve and achieve good results.”
Aspar Team and Bautista have already worked together in the past. In 2006, Bautista won the 125cc World Championship and was runner-up 250cc category in 2009. So far in the current MotoGP season, Bautista has finished in the top 7, four times; fourth in Argentina, fifth in Italy, seventh in Catalunya and sixth in Germany.
Jorge Martinez, Aspar Team General Manager, said, “It is good news for the Pull&Bear Aspar Team that we have reached this agreement with Alvaro Bautista: we believe in him and we are enjoying a very strong season. We also have a lot of faith in Ducati, we get great support from the factory and through extending this relationship, together we can improve even more. I hope this year still holds many more high points like the ones we have enjoyed already, and that next season holds even more still.”
It’s been anticipated that the 38-year-old Bautista would be riding the Ducati GP17 in the next MotoGP season, but it’s still not official. Also, who would be his teammate?