Sport Bautista to stay with Aspar for 2018

14:35  17 july  2017
14:35  17 july  2017 Source:   Read Sport

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Alvaro Bautista will remain with the Aspar Ducati MotoGP Team for the 2018 season, ending speculation of a return to Aprilia.

The Spaniard first rode with the Jorge Martinez-run Aspar team in his 125cc days, taking the introductory class crown with the outfit in 2006, and remained through his 250cc career before stepping up to MotoGP in 2010 with Suzuki.

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After five years with the Gresini team in the premier class, first on a satellite Honda and then with Aprilia, Bautista returned to Aspar for this season.

Immediately adapting to the 2016 Desmosedici, Bautista has tallied up four top 10 finishes and sits 11th in the standings on 44 points.

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The identity of Aspar 's second rider for 2018 remains unclear, but Bautista 's current team-mate Karel Abraham is believed to be a strong contender to stay on. He would again ride a two-year-old Ducati. 2018 motogp line-up so far

Alvaro Bautista and Danilo Petrucci are two of the latest riders claiming to have discussed the possibility of riding for Aprilia in 2018 , while weighing up an option to stay in their current Ducati teams. Both men are currently competing in satellite squads (Bautitsa in Aspar , Petrucci in Pramac)

“I am happy to be spending another season as part of the Pull&Bear Aspar Team family,” said Bautista.

“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.”

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Team boss Martinez believes the retention of Bautista, on top of strong support from Ducati, will allow his team to achieve consistently strong results going forward.

“It is good news for the Pull&Bear Aspar Team that we have reached this agreement with Álvaro Bautista: we believe in him and we are enjoying a very strong season,” he said.

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Tagged under: Alvaro Bautista , Aspar Ducati, Aspar Racing, business, contract, Ducati, Ducati Corse, Jorge " Aspar " Martinez, Karel Abraham, MotoGP, Pecco Bagnaia, Pull&Bear Aspar , satellite team. Danilo Petrucci Staying with Pramac Ducati for 2018 .

Alvaro Bautista is certain to be one of the riders for next year. The Spaniard has impressed on the GP16 so far this year, consistently matching or beating the factory riders. Aspar Team renews contract with Ducati for 2018 .

“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.”

, though the Spaniard made it clear prior to the summer break that his priority was to secure a new deal with Aspar.

, though the team are still to decided if it will field two GP17s or one GP17 and one GP16.

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