We already anticipated the news prior to the Jerez round, official confirmation now coming in the run up to Magny-Cours, or rather the final European race of the WorldSBK season. Alvaro Bautista will be the new Honda rider for 2020. The Spaniard will have an annual contract with the Japanese team, which is set to field the new Fireblade next season.
President Yoshishige Nomura welcomes Alvaro: “We are very happy to welcome Alvaro to our WSBK racing project for next year. His arrival underlines our strong commitment to compete at full force, fighting to achieve top sporting results. He is a very fast, experienced rider and 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.”