2012 MotoGPAfter two years as the sole Rizla Suzuki rider, MotoGP pilot Alvaro Bautista is parting ways with the team.
The team “regretfully” announced the departure of Bautista, bidding him farewell in his future endeavors, which were not reported.Bautista, the 2006 125cc Champion who made his debut on the Rizla Suzuki GSV-R at the 2010 MotoGP season opener in Qatar, had finished 13th overall in the MotoGP Championship in 2010 and 2011. His best finish of 2011 was fifth at Silverstone, and in 2010 his best finishes was a pair of fifths – one in Malaysia, the other in Catalunya.Rizla Suzuki said the “squad would like to thank him for the two years of hard work, loyalty and commitment that he has given the team.”Alvaro Bautista says: “I am very sad to be leaving Suzuki after the two great years that I have had here. It has been a great team to work in and I have learned a lot of things from everyone in the team. It was a fantastic experience working with an English/Japanese team and we have become like a big family, except we have never had any arguments and no-one falls out with each other!“I want to thank everybody personally for the last two years, sometimes it has been difficult, but nobody ever gave up and I felt like I always had their full support and commitment. I don’t feel like I am leaving a team, but a group of friends that I hope I will know for a long time.“I want to say a special thank-you to Tom, Paul, Ken san and Sahara san, and wish them and the rest of the team all the best for the future.”Although nothing has been confirmed about who will ride for Suzuki in 2012, the man who piloted the GSV-R at the traditional post-season Valencia MotoGP tests was former Pramac Racing Ducati’s Randy de Puniet. Stay clicked to UltimateMotorCycling.com for the latest updates.
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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Hello and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!