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Meet REV’IT! Rider Álvaro Bautista First Things First

What sparked MotoGP rider, Álvaro Bautista, to first get on a bike when he was just three years old? Find out who inspired him and what keeps him motivated.

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A Steep Learning Curve

For most, the time between getting on a bicycle for the first time to learning to ride a motorcycle can be months. Years even. But for our REV’IT! MotoGP rider, Álvaro Bautista, it happened within the span of a week.

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Bautista takes us back to the first time he first threw his leg over two wheels. As he’s asked to recall his first memories on a motorcycle, it’s evident that his disposition lights up with joy and excitement.

While he’s had a lot of success professionally racing motorcycles, he delights in taking this short trip down memory lane, and sharing his earliest memories of how getting on two wheels have helped shape his life.

“Well, my first memory was when I was three years old,” Bautista starts. “I remember that my father loved bikes. And for him, it was his hobby.” Naturally, his father wanted to share that love with is son. So, he did.

Bautista adds, “I remember that he wanted to teach me to ride a motorcycle. But, first of all, I didn't know how to ride a bicycle. I remember that one weekend, he taught me to ride a bicycle. The next weekend, he tried to teach me how to ride a motorbike!”

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I remember I just liked to ride on the dirt, but when I tried the asphalt, I decided, ‘I want to compete in this class!’
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The Starting Lineup

Between the first time Bautista sat on a bicycle when he was three, to the first time he sat on the starting lineup of his first race when he was eight, many more falls happened, but also many amazing memories.

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“My first race in my life, it was when I was eight years old. It was with a minibike. It was in a place really close to my city, and I finished in eighth position in the first race. It was a good run race. And we were around 22 riders. Boys. Just babies!” he jokes.

But before he got to this point, Bautista remembers that riding on the dirt was where his heart lay. That was until he rode on a surface with significantly more traction. “I started on the dirt,” Bautista recounts. “I started there because my father rode the dirt bikes... I remember I just liked to ride on the dirt, but when I tried the asphalt, I decided, ‘I want to compete in this class!’"

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From Hobby
to Profession

For many professional riders, their path to the world’s highest levels of competition started out as something recreational. At first, he mentions, “It just was my hobby. I just enjoyed riding the bike. I just enjoyed racing and competing with the other boys. I never thought I wanted to be a professional rider.”

He continues, “When I was a child, I didn't think about wanting to be professional rider… but in the end, I became a professional rider.” It was a natural progression of events that led him to the suit up and stand beside the other renowned riders at the world championship level.

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A SURREAL EXPERIENCE

Working his way through the ranks of various racing classes, Bautista arrived to MotoGP in 2010, the same year in which he became a REV’IT! rider. He walks us through what was going through his mind as he sat atop his motorcycle, ready for his first race.

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“As a MotoGP rider, I remember my first race. It was like a dream come true because to arrive to the world championships is something very special. But to compete in the highest category of the world championship was even more amazing. I tried to race it like a normal race. But it was difficult because it was special moment in my life, and I wasn't nervous but I was... feeling extra motivated… It was a really good feeling. This year will be my ninth season in the MotoGP class, but I have never lost that feeling.”

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