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Hmmm – not great practice / quali sessions from Bati sadly – he’s starting back in 11th on the grid for tomorrow’s 250cc Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.Here’s his words (roughly translated by me and Babelfish…!) “It has been a very bad practice, because I fell just after the beginning…... Read more
Well, according to the little widget on my MacBook, the TV scheduling for this weekend’s Japanese MotoGP events is going to mean some pretty early mornings and some pretty strong cuppas…Still – it may all be worth it: will Alvaro Bautista deliver another stunner of a ride in the... Read more
Yahoo / Eurosport refers to “Brilliant Bautista” – saying that his victory today in Portugal was as good as the one that saw him win the 125cc race at the same circuit by 15 seconds a year ago.Today’s race saw the 22-year-old Spaniard carve his way through the field... Read more
After a mediocre start – dropping from 6th to 12 in the first lap, Alvaro carved through the field in a gobsmacking display of genius and guts to take victory at Estoril today, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo.Reports, quotes and pics to follow – but for now,... Read more
The FIM has announced a couple of amends to the 2008 MotoGP calendar.Portugal and Valencia are each pulled forward a week, whilst Japan and Australia swap dates.The resulting changes look like this: Rd 1 – March 9 – Qatar – Doha/Losail Rd 2 – March 30 – Spain – Jerez... Read more
(*Above: Jorge Martinez and Alvaro Bautista) Great news – in Spanish at least! (full reports haven’t crept out onto English speaking websites yet sadly) is that Alvaro Bautista has been confirmed by the Master Aspar Aprilia Team for 2008.You can read their press release here… Congrats Bati from all of us... Read more
Another learning experience for Bati – a shame really, I was screaming when he went off on lap 10, whilst in 3rd, up from 6th on the grid – a real “Noooooooooo!!!” moment – he was so completely on the case and up for a podium it was immensely... Read more
You can get your hands on some excellent new wallpapers by joining up at the BatiFans.com Alvaro Bautista Fan Forum – where 2 new “XIX” designs (roman numerals for ’19’ as per his tattoo) are available in both standard and widescreen formats in the “Members Only” area. (*As shown... Read more
Right…Time to explain what the surprise is…Basically there seemed to be a huge gaping hole in the WWW where there should be a proper full-on Fan Forum for supporters of Alvaro Bautista who are ‘international’ / non-Spanish speaking.Whilst he (obviously) has a decent Spanish presence, it seemed wrong that... Read more
Ah well, nobody was really going to touch Lorenzo today (though Dovizioso put up a spirited fight some of the way).Bati came through from 11th on the grid to get to 8th within a couple of corners, and then wound up in 5th, after a good set of battles... Read more