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2023 Author: Nicholas Abramson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 02:44
Álvaro Bautista is coming off, the Spanish rider finished the last tests of the season as the fastest rider in the two days. Both days the Talaverano has managed to lower the race circuit record that was set at 1:30, 848 by Marco Melandri.
This same weekend comes the moment of truth and the Spanish will have to face the beginning of his first season in the World Superbike Championship and will leave doubts about whether he can be measured against the strongest man in the category: Jonathan Rea.
"Let's say I'm here to put pressure on the fastest drivers."
Álvaro Bautista spoke to the World Superbike microphones about his feelings in these tests and commented: " We were able to get what we wanted. Both the sensations and the pace are good, but the last four laps of the race will be decisive due to the wear on the tires."
Although Bautista feels comfortable riding the Ducati Panigale V4 R, he is aware that in the race it will not be so easy as he will not have to set a good time in a single lap: " In the race you try to be much more conservative, with the tires as with the engine, whereas in the test no ".
Bautista spoke about his goals today: " My goal today was to get to know the tires better facing the race and I think I have clear ideas. With the soft tires I have seen that I am not very competitive, so the hard ones may be our best option."
The Ducati man wants to be cautious when talking about whether he can really place a win in his first round in the World Superbike Championship: "These two days I have been fast, but Phillip Island will be my first race in the WSBK with a motorcycle that has still raced the championship. Before I use the word victory, let's say I'm here to put pressure to the fastest pilots."
The Ducati has recognized that " In Superbikes there are many things that change compared to MotoGP"and must adapt to be competitive in this championship.
Baptist has spoken about his possible rivals at WSBK: "I don't think I have just one rival, the level is very high and very even. I think it could be a nice racing weekend for us because there will be a fight."
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