Álvaro Bautista has ceased to be a Honda rider since December 31; 2021; so now; as a rider of the Ducati 2022; he can slide on his two-season adventure with the CBR triple R. A choice that has had economic advantages but that was a sporting and technical disappointment. However; tests have hardened it and it returns to the Panigale V4R; he says; much sharper than in 2019; the year he discovered the WSBK.
A discovery also winner with 11 consecutive victories and 16 during this season that; however; germinated in a failure against Jonathan Rea in the conquest of the title. Instead of doing it again with the same bike and more experience; Baptist then went to Sling then in search of a well-paid leader for his new project. But the magic of HRC hasn’t worked for a long time; even in MotoGP. Until then; the Spanish was subject to a certain reserve against the Japanese brand; a precaution to which it is no longer obliged from the beginning of this 2022 vintage.
In fact; specify in parentheses Sling : « At Honda I found a new motorcycle; starting from scratch was not easy. In the second year I expected a breakthrough; but it did not happen. “. The Spaniardjournaltimepleted 61 races with the new Fireblade; which gave very little satisfaction. In 2021; Sling finished last in the constructors standings. ” I was hoping to be morejournaltimepetitive. Especially after my first year in the World Superbike Championship; when I was quite fast and I felt really good on the bike. He adds.
Baptist: “I was fast before; but I really didn’t know why“
But nevertheless; Baptist Take the thing on the safe side; now that you find the Ducati : « It was very hard. At the same time; I learned a lot. I was fast my first year on Superbike; so I didn’t care about every detail. »Remember Álvaro in super7moto.
« For the last two years I have had to take care of every detail; so now I know the tires and the category itself much better. Now I have more experience and I feel like a better driver. It used to be fast; but I really didn’t know why. The Ducati was already well developed and easier to use. ». Baptist will continue this season at WSBK; and will have some pressure with this image pasted by Ducati of who has to bring back the title. Because on the contrary; Razgatlioglu Y Rea They are firmly waiting for it.
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