Alvaro Bautista will ride for Gresini Honda in testing at Valencia today (Wednesday) having been confirmed as the team's rider for 2012.
The 26-year-old Spaniard has switched teams from Suzuki and is the first rider to be confirmed by Gresini for 2012, following the death of Marco Simoncelli and Hiroshi Aoyama's switch to World Superbikes.
"I am particularly satisfied that Alvaro Bautista will ride a Honda RC213V in the colours of Team San Carlo Honda Gresini next year," said team principal Fausto Gresini. "He is a very fast rider and I also hold him in high regard for his personality and pleasant nature.
"I am sure that he will integrate swiftly into our group and that we will enjoy some pleasant experiences together in the future."