WSBK Superbike Barcelona: Álvaro Bautista persists at Magny-Cours before playing scarecrow in Spain…

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, of 4.657 km, hosts this weekend the eighth round of a 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship whose hierarchy presents Álvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati) 30 points ahead of Toprak Razgatlıoğlu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) and 47 ahead of Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team).

When a Superbike weekend can bring up to 62, an advantage of 30 points does not represent a very substantial advantage in the face of the title with 5 stages to go, but the Catalan track with its straight of 1047 meters has a perfect adaptation, at least on paper, to the Ducati Panigale of the Spanish pilot.

Toprak Razgatlıoğluwho has just moved up to second in the Drivers’ Championship overall following his double victory at Magny-Cours is fully aware of this, as he is. Jonathan Rea, but don’t give up before approaching the Montmeló circuit which has only been used twice before for WorldSBK races, in the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Both are pleased with the tests carried out this summer near of Barcelona with high temperatures. They also know that the weather predicts a rather shaky weekend, like the race led by the Turk and eventually won by the Briton last year after a technical failure saw the Yamaha rider relinquish the race lead five laps from the end. …

Alvaro Bautista : ” I can’t wait to run in Barcelona. I’m very excited because it’s a circuit I like, where I’ve worked well in the past and where we’ve had the opportunity to do two tests that have given us very positive indications. We have to work well from Friday and be focused not to make mistakes and get the best result. The crash at Magny-Cours? After viewing the images several times, my thoughts do not change and there is nothing more we can do about it. I’ve said what I had to say, so now I just have to look forward. »

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu : ” Barcelona is not an easy circuit and I know it will not be an easy race for us in Catalonia, but we will try to fight for the best possible position and we will see. The summer test was good because we tested some new setups to use for racing and overall it was a positive test. Race weekend is always different, especially now! Every weekend things change a lot, but we do our best. Like last year, I don’t see the championship, I just do my best in every race. I hope we can win in Barcelona, ​​we’ll see. »

Jonathan Rea : “ I’m really looking forward to the Barcelona race, as a few weeks ago we had a great test where I felt comfortable with the bike. We were fast and steady. We worked on our pace in hot conditions. The Barcelona circuit has always been difficult for us. I didn’t have much success in Barcelona, ​​so I’m looking forward to changing that. It’s my team’s home race so I’m looking forward to seeing lots of friendly faces in the paddock, team sponsors and home fans. I spend a lot of time in this region, it’s like a second home to me. After a difficult Magny-Cours, it is important that we are able to recover in a good way and score some difficult points. Since we resumed the season at Magny-Cours, the races follow quickly, so it is very important to be in good shape, strong and consistent at the end of the season. »

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