Alvaro Bautista made his international racing debut in 2002, and has slowly made his way through the ranks to the premier class. Bautista has a 125cc championship under his belt, and is now racing with the Rizla Suzuki team in the MotoGP.
Alvaro Bautista's passion for motorcycles started at the age of 3 when his father built him a small bike. Five years later, Bautista would be winning motorcycle championships.
Bauitista raced his first Minimoto race at the age of 8, and in his second season finished as the runner-up in the Madrid Minimoto Championship. He would win the championship the three following years before moving up to a 50cc motorcycle in the Aprilia Cup. Bautista's performance in the Aprilia Cup earned him a spot in the Movistar Activa Joven Cup in 1999. Bautista continued to excel, and was chosen to be a backup rider in the 125cc Spanish Championship.
Bautista's momentum was halted in 2000 when an injury put him on the sidelines. Bautista returned to the Movistar Cup in 2001, but financial pressures shut down the series. Luckily, Team Belart noticed Bautista's potential and offered him a spot on the international circuit.
It took Bautista a few years to get his feet wet in the 125cc class, but in 2006 he won his first World championship. Bautista moved up to the 250cc class in 2007 and earned 4th in the championship in his rookie season. His performance was good enough to earn him the FIM Rookie of the Year award.
Bautista moved up to the premier class in 2010, where he earned two fifth place finishes and a handful of top 10s. Bautista's 2011 season got off to a rocky start when he broke his femur during the opening round, but the Rizla Suzuki rider made an amazing recovery to get back on his bike less than two months after the accident.
Bautista is a rider that is full of potential, and could very easily be the rider to beat in the next few seasons.
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