In his championship season
Alvaro Bautista, the dominant force in 125cc racing, has been breaking yet more records since his championship win in Australia.
The Spaniard, who last weekend had his debut ride on the latest version of the 125cc Aprilia, was the runaway
leader in the bwin.com Grande Premio de Portugal as he took his seventh victory of 2006.
Bautista also overtook Valentino Rossi and Kazuto Sakata as the rider with the most podium finishes in the category in a single season, having taken a rostrum place on 14 occasions this year. The Italian and Japanese were both title winners in the year of their records, in 1997 and 1993 respectively.
Bautista's 325 points earned this season also puts him above Rossi's 1997 total of 321 the previous record.
DORNA / CAPSIS International