Bautista: I can't do any more to prove I deserve to stay in MotoGP

Alvaro Bautista does not know what more he has to do to prove he deserves to stay in MotoGP amid growing signs he is set to exit the championship

Bautista: I can't do any more to prove I deserve to stay in MotoGP

Nieto Ducati rider Bautista scored his best result since the June 2017 Mugello race at the Sachsenring last weekend, beating both works Ducati riders Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso to finish fifth.

The result came amid a time of uncertainty for Bautista, whose Nieto team is in effect being replaced by the new SIC Yamaha satellite operation for 2019.

Bautista had been up against Moto2 race-winner Fabio Quartararo for the second SIC seat alongside Franco Morbidelli, but that now looks more likely to go to Quartararo.

There is one more seat available on the 2019 grid at the Avintia Ducati squad, with Xavier Simeon's place in danger, but the well-financed Karel Abraham is best-placed to seal the ride.

Asked whether results such as his Sachsenring top five would help his future, Bautista replied: "I don't think it will work.

"The decision is not mine and I don't know what more I can do. Win a race?

"I don't have to prove anything. I work the same as always, not because I'm in danger of being left without a ride. It doesn't depend on me, it doesn't make me angry."

Bautista has been linked to a World Superbike move if he cannot continue his MotoGP career into a 10th season.

He has taken five top 10s in the last six grands prix, following a dismal start to 2018 that featured just four points in the first three races.

Bautista explained that it took him until May's Jerez race to get comfortable on his year-old Ducati after a heavy crash in last winter's Valencia test ruled him out of both that and the subsequent Jerez running.

"We were stuck with the settings Ducati gave us, I didn't feel good at any track," said Bautista.

"In the first three races I struggled a lot but in Jerez we changed the bike and everything worked.

"It seems like another rider racing for me, it's incredible.

"I'm starting to feel much better with the bike, the bike's starting to go in the same direction as me.

"More confidence race by race and in the end we are arriving at the top."

shares
comments
How Marc Marquez pulled off his latest bike-swapping tricks in Germany

Previous article

How Marc Marquez pulled off his latest bike-swapping tricks in Germany

Next article

Valentino Rossi: My demands making Yamaha MotoGP staff 'run away'

Valentino Rossi: My demands making Yamaha MotoGP staff 'run away'
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Drivers Alvaro Bautista
Teams AB Motoracing
Author Jamie Klein
How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Plus

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

MotoGP
May 4, 2021
How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption Plus

How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption

Jack Miller’s tough start to life as a factory Ducati MotoGP rider left him mentally battered and bruised, but a pep talk and positive reinforcement from a surprising source aided the Australian to show his full potential with victory at the Spanish Grand Prix

MotoGP
May 3, 2021
What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Plus

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

MotoGP
Apr 20, 2021
How Yamaha’s rookie-spec MotoGP star is taking charge Plus

How Yamaha’s rookie-spec MotoGP star is taking charge

Fabio Quartararo is on a roll in 2021, having stormed to victory at a venue where he last year served up one of his worst races. Contrasting Portuguese GPs for Yamaha’s factory duo make it hard to understand just how good its 2021 MotoGP bike is, but the Portimao weekend has revealed one key improvement compared to 2020

MotoGP
Apr 19, 2021
The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return Plus

The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return

Even by Marc Marquez’s own high standards, his MotoGP comeback on Friday at the Portuguese Grand Prix will be considered a success even if he didn’t top the times. But having shown competitive pace on his first day back, both Marquez and his rivals know plenty more challenges are to come

MotoGP
Apr 16, 2021
Where does Honda's new MotoGP signing sit ahead of its king's return? Plus

Where does Honda's new MotoGP signing sit ahead of its king's return?

Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year

MotoGP
Apr 12, 2021
The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Plus

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons

MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact

MotoGP
Apr 9, 2021
Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash Plus

Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash

Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy

MotoGP
Apr 6, 2021