Alvaro Bautista Extends With Gresini Honda For 2013

The mystery of the final MotoGP prototype seat has been solved: after months of negotiations, Alvaro Bautista has finally retained the Honda RC213V ride with the San Carlo Gresini Honda team. The Spaniard will remain with the Italian team for another season.

The contract extension has come at a cost, however: Bautista has had to take a drastic cut in his salary to stay with the team. According to the Spanish website, Bautista's wage has been slashed to five figures, with the amount of 90,000 euros being passed down the paddock grapevine. Negotiations were made tougher because of the popularity of the seat: Scott Redding was in the running for the ride, as was Ben Spies for a while. Spies was the first to drop out of the race, taking a seat with the Ducati Junior team to be run by Pramac. Redding lost out to Bautista over sponsorship: despite having interests in the UK market, San Carlo preferred an Italian or Spanish rider, to help promote the brand in their primary market. Bautista is at least getting paid, a number of riders have had to bring sponsorship money to take a CRT ride. Redding will remain with the Marc VDS Racing team and spend another year in Moto2, alongside Mika Kallio.

Bautista's signing means there are no more factory prototype bikes still free, and silly season will now center around the CRT rides. Hector Barbera is now certain to join the Avintia BQR team currently staffed by Ivan Silva and Yonny Hernandez, with Silva likely to make way for Barbera. The remaining CRT rides are likely to be filled over the coming weeks. For the latest updated list of MotoGP riders for next season, see our provisional MotoGP rider list.

Below is the official press release announcing the signing of Bautista:


Gresini Racing and Alvaro Bautista have reached an agreement to continue together in 2013, extending the collaboration started this season. The Team, led by Fausto Gresini, and Spanish rider Bautista hope to achieve significant results together in the 2013 season.

Fausto Gresini “I am happy and proud to announce that today we have finally reached an agreement with Alvaro for the 2013 season –a source of great satisfaction for me. I believe in long term projects and I think that Alvaro still has plenty of potential. I am convinced that he will provide us with much further excitement with some great results. I think that for him we are like family and this feeling can take us very far.”

Alvaro Bautista “I am very happy to continue with Gresini Racing, because from day one I knew that being part of this Team would feel like being home. It is a great team and I am happy to continue with them; even when we have had difficulties this year, we have worked so hard together and I get on so well with everyone here. We will get to know one another even better next year and we can be even more competitive. I thank the team for the faith that they have shown in me and I hope that we can improve our results for the end of the current season.”

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guess that Alvaro will be flying coach. this says something about the World Economic condition that a rider of Alvaro's experience and stature will be offered 90,000, and that he will accept it.

That the average salary for American Baseball players exceeds 400,000 per year. The biggest peril they see is a pulled groin every now and then.

I am not sure that I can think of a sport where participants earn their keep like a rider does.


re: "the average salary for American Baseball players exceeds 400,000 per year.

albert pujols, recently signed for the angels... basically $250 MILLION (that's million with an M) for 10 years. i've heard of names like jeter, canseco, halladay, and ramirez, but FFS i had never even heard of the guy till this announcment earlier this year... and he's getting $250 MILL...? think of it this way, if LA can afford to pay him that kind of coin AND, pay all the other players on the team, and of course have a LION'S SHARE leftover for the team owner...? just imagine how staggeringly LITTLE the revenues being generated by MotoGP are...!?!?


Yes, its a small basic salary but it won't be 90,000 at the end of the year. There will be a performance bonus structure, personal contracts (leather, helmet, boots etc), personal sponsors etc. I don't think he'll starve!