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Motegi MotoGP: Alvaro Bautista still in dark over Suzuki future

Published: 29 September 2011

Alvaro Bautista is hoping to get a clearer indication of Suzuki’s future MotoGP strategy during this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi.

The Spaniard confirmed earlier today in Japan that he has no clear information whether Suzuki will remain in the premier class in 2012, with the Japanese factory’s future the subject of constant speculation.

If Suzuki does decide to continue racing, it will almost certainly start the inaugural 1000cc campaign using its current 800cc GSV-R machine.

It is hoped that Suzuki would clarify its future plans during its home race in Japan this weekend, but Bautista said he had no information on Suzuki's plans as yet.

The former 125GP world champion, who has a firm contract offer to partner Cal Crutchlow in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad in 2012, said: "I hope to have some news from Suzuki for next year but still nothing is clear. I hope to make a good race here in Suzuki’s home and maybe they take some motivation from this to have a good bike for next year. At the moment nothing is clear and I have to wait to take a decision for 2012."

Earlier today, Suzuki race boss Shinichi Sahara declined to answer any questions from MCN about 2012 and beyond in the Twin Ring Motegi paddock.