Alvaro Bautista is aware of “the reality”

( – Ducati factory rider Alvaro Bautista managed to defend his lead in the Superbike World Championship riders championship in Estoril. The win in the first race was followed by third place in the Superpole and second place in the second main race. Unlike on Saturday, Bautista was not able to use the top speed of his Ducati for the final race and win. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) narrowly prevailed on the last lap.

Alvaro Bautista hides weaknesses in the Ducati Panigale V4R


Bautista regrets: “I could not defend my position.” “It was obvious that Jonathan would try it at least once or twice,” said the Spaniard, who was unfazed by his critics’ claims that he can only win races because his bike is too superior on straights.

Aside from its impressive top speed, the Ducati Panigale V4R didn’t have obvious strengths on the Estoril circuit. “You see the advantages on the straights, because that’s very clear. But you don’t see the problems I’m having on the rest of the lap from the outside,” Bautista explains.

Alvaro Bautista

Alvaro Bautista gets along better with the V4 Ducati than other riders Zoom

“In the eight-twelfth sector, I lost a lot to Toprak and Jonathan. I can’t improve there because my bike has other strengths. In the slow sectors we are not that strong. Of course from the outside it is as if the rider is not good and wins just because of the bike. But I have to fight hard with the bike,” says the factory Ducati rider.

In pictures: 2022 World Superbike Championship: Estoril (Portugal)

“But of course we also have strengths. Of course we have to improve on weaknesses. It’s not a problem for me if people say I win just because the bike is a rocket,” Bautista notes, adding, “I know them the truth and I know what I feel.”

What does Ducati still have to work on with the Panigale V4R

What areas can Ducati still improve on its V4R engine? “Especially in the middle of the corner we need improvement, the part of the corner where we didn’t use the brakes or the gas. The bike could spin a little better in that part of the corner,” he explains.

Alvaro Bautista

Ducati Panigale V4R: Fast but not perfect Zoom

“The bike also has to be more accurate when changing direction. Right now, the bike is a bit slow. The bike doesn’t flip like other machines. That’s why we always lag a little bit behind,” Bautista notes.

Alvaro Bautista

Alvaro Bautista often takes a few meters from his opponents at the corner exit Zoom

“On the other hand, our traction and acceleration are very good. We can drive at very high speeds in the corners,” admits the world championship leader. “We’re trying to improve our weaknesses, but we don’t want to do crazy things that sacrifice our strength.”

What Bautista says about Rinaldi’s poor performance

Batista is the strongest Ducati rider so far this season. His teammate Michael Rinaldi doesn’t have much to offer and is in danger of losing his place on the factory team at the end of the season.

“It’s strange. Michael is my first reference, he’s my teammate. I know he uses the same materials as me. As for the other Ducatis, I don’t know what they use. Michael is very fast. But in the races he has problems,” Bautista admits.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi

Michael Ruben Rinaldi is already more than 100 points behind Alvaro Bautista Zoom

“His lap times are slower in the races,” Bautista wonders. “But in practice, the difference between us is not that big. But I always work for the races and don’t think too much about how fast I can be on the lap.”

“I don’t know if Michael is working on lap speed more,” said Mr. Bautista, who can live well with being a Ducati spearhead: “It’s not a problem for me. I focus on myself and my side of the box. I get along well with all the engineers. “.

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