For a week now, SPEEDWEEK.com readers have known Alvaro Bautista’s return to the Ducati Aruba.it Factory Team for the 2022 MotoGP World Championships. The deal was officially confirmed a few minutes ago.
Just as it was a surprise two years ago that Alvaro Bautista joined Honda from Ducati, his return after the current season has been unexpected.
The Spaniard entered the MotoGP 2019 Superbike World Championship with Aruba.it Ducati and won the first 11 races; At the end of the season, there were 16 wins and 24 podiums. However, Bautista had to settle for the runner-up title as Kawasaki star Jonathan Rhea allowed himself to make fewer mistakes.
Bautista will soon regret the move to Honda. The veteran already felt during the first testing in winter 2019 to 2020 that the new CBR1000RR-R did not deliver what was necessary to succeed in the near-series World Championship in the crucial areas. What the Fireblade couldn’t do, the 36-year-old tried to make up for it by taking risks – and fell multiple times.
With a return to Ducati, Bautista is hoping to cap his long career with another world title. He won the 125cc World Championship in 2006, finished second in the 250cc World Championship in 2008, and was third on the podium in three MotoGP races between 2010 and 2018.
Ducati has just confirmed Alvaro Bautista’s commitment for 2022.
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