Álvaro Bautista was born on November 21, 1984, in the town of Toledo Talavera de la Reina. Like many of his fellow MotoGP™ riders, he climbed on a motocross bike for the first time at the age three. Growing up, his father pushed him hard and by eight-years old he debuted in his first sprint with mini motorbikes.
Just a year later, he was runner-up in Madrid. By age 10, Bautista was well-known in the Madrid Champion mini bikes and he rode for two more years until participating in the Championship of Spain where he finished several races in the top five. In 1997, he made his first appearance in the 50cc Aprilia Cup, where he managed a podium and finished sixth in the overall standings. A career in motorbikes was in full force.
In 2002, the Spaniard made his international debut in the Grand Prix Motorcycle racing season, where he finished as runner-up in that year’s Spanish 125cc road racing national championship and only a year later, he won the 125cc Spanish national championship. In his second full season, Bautista scored his first podium position and fastest lap at Donington Park.
In 2006, he won the 125cc World Championship with eight wins riding on the MVA Aspar Aprilia, and things really began picking up for the home taught rider. For his 2007 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season, he raced for the Aspar Racing Team in the 250cc class and took his first 250cc victory at the 2007 Italian Grand Prix at Mugello in June! A second victory came in September during the Portuguese Grand Prix where he started sixth on the grid and fell to twelfth during the first lap.
FAST FACT: In the 2007 season Bautista was fourth overall in the Championship, and was subsequently awarded the MotoGP / FIM "Rookie of the Year" Award for the 250cc class.
In 2009, Bautista came out of the gates on fire by taking three of the first five pole positions, however, none of which converted into victories. Later in the season, he clinched wins in Japan and Catalunya and a run of five successive which left him second behind championship leader Hiroshi Aoyama.
After years of dominating and gaining confidence in the lower classes, Bautista moved up to the MotoGP™ class for the 2010 season. Due to an injury, he missed the French Grand Prix, but made a well-to-do return and finished fifth at the Catalan Grand Prix. The following year, he suffered a broken left femur at the season opener in Qatar.
Bautista’s injury was a major set-back, however he pushed on and eventually finished the season 13th in the championship standings. For 2012, he moved to Honda machinery 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,” according to MotoGP.com.
For the 2014 season, Bautista was joined by new teammate Scott Redding, who will race the Honda RCV1000R motorcycle. Bautista had a rough start to the season crashing out of each of the first three events on the calendar. He obtained his first championship points of the season with a sixth place finish in the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez. This was followed by a third place finish in the French Grand Prix, with his last podium being at the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix.
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