Bautista to Honda for 2020 WorldSBK Championship

Press Release | September 23, 2019

HRC Signs Alvaro Bautista for 2020 Official WSBK Team

This is a press release from HRC…

Spanish rider Alvaro Bautista makes the switch from Ducati's Aruba.IT Racing to the factory Honda team.
Spanish rider Alvaro Bautista makes the switch from Ducati’s Aruba.IT Racing to the factory Honda team.

(September 23, 2019) – Honda Racing Corporation announced it has signed on Spanish rider Alvaro Bautista, who will join the company’s official team beginning next season to compete in the FIM World Superbike Championship.

Speaking about his move to the brand new HRC outfit, the Bautista said: “I am really happy, because I believe a lot in the new project with HRC. They want to come back to the World Superbike championship as a full factory team, so this has motivated me a lot. To join the HRC factory is very important, as they are an important factory and want to win in WorldSBK again. The challenge for next year will be very difficult, but for sure, I will try and use my experience in the World Superbike championship from this season to develop the bike and hopefully, fight for victories.”

“It was not an easy decision to make for me, as I am really happy with the Ducati family,” he continued. “We started with the new bike and a new project, and we were winning a lot of races. It was not easy but the project that HRC offered me motivated me a lot, as we will start from zero. I feel like one of the most important people in this project.”

HRC President Yoshishige Nomura expressed his confidence in Bautista joining the HRC family: “We are very happy to welcome Alvaro Bautista to our WorldSBK racing project for next year. His arrival in the Honda racing family underlines our strong commitment to compete at full force in every motorsport category, fighting to achieve top sporting results and looking for the best technological innovations, in order to offer our fans and customers fun, joy and excellent products.

“Alvaro is a very fast, experienced rider who has already shown his strong racing attitude and competitiveness in his GP years and in his first season in the WorldSBK championship. We are confident that he will make a significant contribution to the growth and development of our project in the exciting and challenging Superbike World Championship.”


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