Bautista stays with Aspar for 2018 season
17 July 2017 – Álvaro Bautista will continue to ride for Aspar in MotoGP next season, the team confirmed on Monday.
Bautista raced for Aspar in 125cc, taking the 2006 crown, and in 250cc, before returning to the squad in the premier class for 2017, following spells with Suzuki and Gresini.
Bautista holds 11th in this year's standings, with a best finish of fourth in Argentina, and will remain with the team into 2018.
"I am happy to be spending another season as part of the Aspar family," said Bautista.
"It is a union that can help both the team and myself to grow.
"We are having a strong season, I have a good relationship with the team and I feel very comfortable on the Ducati and with the support from the factory.
"I think we can continue to improve and achieve good results."
Bautista has started 126 races in the premier class, scoring three podiums, and a best of fifth in the standings in 2012.