The Aspar Ducati squad have confirmed that Alvaro Bautista will be returning to the team for the 2017 MotoGP season, as he returns to the outfit he claimed his world championship with in the 125GP class.
Joining the team after a difficult season with Aprilia, where he and teammate Stefan Bradl have been replaced by Sam Lowes and Aleix Espargaró, the Spaniard says he’s delighted to be back.
“I am happy to be returning to what was my home for many years in the World Championship, where I enjoyed my best results including the 125cc World Championship title and fought for another title in 250cc. I am happy and motivated to be going back and especially to have another year in MotoGP, a new adventure. Over the years I have grown a lot and I have much more experience now. I am confident that with this team we can be competitive in 2017.”
The current Aprilia rider will take the team’s GP16 machine, as part of Ducati’s plan to give both Aspar and Avintia one of the newer machines.
The news may also confirm Eugene Laverty’s return to the World Superbike championship, however, with the Irish rider insisting that he didn’t want to remain at the team if it meant being on inferior machinery to his teammate.
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