Alvaro Bautista debuted in the top class in 2010 after clinching the 2006 125cc World Championship and contending as a front-runner in the 250cc championship from 2007-2009. Bautista won eight races in the quarter-litre class, the same as he had in 125s, but was never able to lift the title - finishing with a best of second in 2008.
During his first year in MotoGP™ with Suzuki, the Spaniard landed a best finish of fifth on two occasions, in Catalunya and Malaysia; with a number of top ten finishes.
For 2011 he remained the sole rider for the team, completing the year again with a best finish of fifth at Silverstone. Bautista switched to Honda machinery for 2012, joining the Gresini Team to contest his third year in the premier class.
After taking his first GP pole position and his first ever podium, which would become the first of two, Bautista stayed with the team for 2013 but would fail to make the rostrum despite numerous battles with multiple World Champion Valentino Rossi.
In 2014 there was a difficult start to the season for Bautista as he suffered DNF results at the opening three rounds and although he managed a podium at Le Mans he dropped out of the overall championship top ten. In 2015 he raced for Gresini again but this time on a factory Aprilia as the Italian brand returned to the premier class.
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