Following Round 10 of the 2011 MotoGP Championship at Laguna Seca, the Ducati Team (Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden) and Rizla Suzuki Team (Alvaro Bautista) discussed the half-season progress.
In 2010 MotoGP, Alvaro Bautista joined the premier class with eight years of experience in World Championship competition, which included a 125cc title (2006).
Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
Piloting a Suzuki for the 2003 – 2007 MotoGP seasons, the American John "Hopper" Hopkins got to the podium four times, and finished the 2007 championship in fourth overall.
Sepang MotoGP Test 1
Rizla Suzuki has completed the first MotoGP test of 2011 in positive spirits, even though Alvaro Bautista was unable to take part in the final day of testing at Sepang due to illness.