WSBK: Is Alvaro Bautista the unloved?

Alvaro Bautista was reunited with the Ducati Panigale V4R and the couple thus reconstituted the success, as in their first meetings in 2019. Certainly, there are fewer, because the competition is tougher with the same Rea equally combative now flanked by a Martial Toprak Razgatlioglu. But the championship leadership is still maintained today. What does he ask for respect? Surprisingly not really. Scott Redding, whom he replaced, said aloud what many thought quietly in the paddock: Bautista and Ducati have an advantage. Of weights and measures, and maybe even others. Some music also sung in Donington by observers …

Still, no one gets to say thatÁlvaro Bautista he is not a good pilot. On the contrary. But his talent would be exacerbated in the Panigale V4R inside a factory Ducati who always knows how to read the rules well. It is more in the WSBK where this skill was born decades ago … In 2019 the issue was not excavated because the Spaniard had lost his composure during the season, a collapse that cost him a title that stretched his arms. An air pocket that probably won’t be made this season, as it is Baptist showed to donington Sunday who had perfectly digested his fall the day before …

He also says about this episode: I feel stronger than I did three years ago, physically and mentally. Now I can stand this mistake and learn from it. Everything happens for a reason. Maybe fall was good to prove I’m mentally strong. I changed my line in this curve because on Sunday it is difficult to drive the normal line because it is very wavy “.

Yes, but still, there is a doubt, he recalled Scott Redding who made known his conviction that a Razgatlioglu it was inherently better, but at a disadvantage. A debate which has also been joined by a British legend raised on the Isle of Man TT John McGuinness who commented: Bautista and Ducati have an advantage “. He adds:” he obviously knows how to ride a motorbike and I look at him with admiration. But there is something else, and I don’t know what it is “.

But the consequences are visible in English: ” When Toprak and Johnny faced off last year, the bikes were pretty evenly matched and there seemed to be mutual respect, no one works more than the two of them. But when Bautista has this advantage he is right “.

Alvaro Bautista has another problem: his hand does not deflate

Little by little, one would think that Baptist is the unloved of the WSBK. We don’t know if that will upset him in his career this year. Meanwhile, he has another problem to deal with: the hand that was affected during Saturday’s fall and that made him suffer on Sunday: ” there seems to be nothing broken “, dit Baptist at Speedweek. ” But the hand is too swollen, not everything is seen on the x-rays. That’s why I have to check again on Tuesday. I hope everything goes well and I will be back in shape for Most “.

On Sunday I felt like I had ants in my hands, I lacked sensitivity he recognizes. ” I overcame the speed race, but I reached my limit. In the second main race, I didn’t feel much in my hand, I had pain in the last three laps. I had taken painkillers before, which meant I pushed more than I could have done otherwise. “.

In this phase, his participation next weekend in the “World Ducati Week” in Misano, for Saturday’s event known as the Race of Champions, during which the MotoGP riders of the Italian manufacturer will meet the Superbike World Championship riders and Danilo Petrucci from the American MotoAmerica series. must be written in dotted lines …

Alvaro Bautista with ice pack

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