MotoGP | Alvaro Bautista’s Unprecedented Wildcard Entry: A Spectacular Move on the Grand Prix Stage


In a move that promises to shake up the world of motorcycle racing, Alvaro Bautista, the reigning World Superbike Champion, is gearing up for an electrifying wildcard appearance at the Grand Prix of Malaysia for the MotoGP Championship.

The powerhouse duo of Bautista and the Racing team are poised to grace the Sepang International Circuit from November 10th to 12th, 2023, following their triumphant World Superbike Championship campaign.

The anticipation surrounding Bautista’s wild card entry is palpable, with enthusiasts from all corners of the globe eagerly awaiting the high-octane action.

What adds an extra layer of excitement to this already riveting event is the timing of the Grand Prix – a mere two weeks after the conclusion of the Superbike World Championship WorldSBK in Jerez, held from October 27th to 29th.

Ducati aficionados are in for a treat, as the Malaysian showdown marks the third wildcard appearance of the 2023 season for the Italian marque. The exhilarating journey began earlier in the year when Michele Pirro took to the track at Mugello in May, followed by the upcoming spectacle at the San Marino GP in Misano. This time, the spotlight shifts to Bautista and the Racing team, who have been making waves with their distinctive livery.

The intrigue deepens as Ducati solidifies its partnership with, mirroring the liveries of the factory Panigale V4R machine in the World Superbike Championship. The union of precision engineering and captivating aesthetics has proven to be a recipe for success, a true spectacle for fans and competitors alike.

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The road leading to the Grand Prix of Malaysia has been paved with promise, highlighted by Bautista’s recent exploits aboard the Ducati Desmosedici GP. Two resounding tests at Misano have provided compelling evidence of the reigning World Champion’s mettle and the Ducati’s prowess. Bautista’s return to the MotoGP arena after his last appearance at the 2018 Valencia GP is nothing short of a narrative masterpiece, poised to captivate audiences anew.

Alvaro Bautista: “I’m really happy to be able to race in MotoGP as a wildcard at Sepang, a track that I really like and that I’m happy to be back at since it’s not on the WorldSBK calendar. The tests with the Ducati Desmosedici GP gave positive feedback: the feeling was good, and I had fun. I want to sincerely thank Ducati and because, without them, it would have been impossible to have this opportunity. At the same time, I would like to say that this MotoGP race will be a bonus for me and not a priority.

“That’s why we must stay focused on the WorldSBK Championship, which is the only thing that matters now. I want to stay focused for this last part of the season, which will be very demanding, with many races in a short time. The feeling with the Panigale V4R machine is good, and I hope to continue on this path. Then, when the season ends, we’ll think about going to Malaysia and having fun. Now I’ll have a little holiday, and then we’ll be back at Magny-Cours.”

In a sport where milliseconds separate victory from defeat, Alvaro Bautista’s wildcard entry is a bold statement – a symphony of power, precision, and passion. As the Grand Prix of Malaysia approaches, the world holds its breath in anticipation of a spectacle that promises to be etched in the annals of racing history.


Marcelo Souza

Author, Editor and Administrator of the MotoNews World website, graduated in Accounting, passionate about motorcycles and technology.

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