Alvaro Bautista’s championship started in the best way possible as long as the Spaniard was able to win first 11 races in a row being considered as the main candidate for the title after a stunning beginning. Something broke up after Jerez’s weekend in which he crashed during Race 2 while leading and that was the moment in which SBK championship changed.
Ducati rider suffered Jonathan Rea’s comeback with reigning World Champion who did not make any mistake and got the maximum in almost every race not giving up despite Alvaro Bautista and Ducati seemed invincible. Kawasaki rider was able not only to recover the gap in the standings but also to create a consistent lead on his rival with Jonathan who looks unstoppable now.
Number 19 of Ducati still does not want to give up and he is optimistic for the future: “We have to look forward and be positive. There are a lot of races and points on the line. I want to stay with Ducati but we did not sign any contract, we are discussing but I am happy overall”.
Valentino Rossi is actually living a similar situation and Bautista expressed his thoughts about him: “We do not know how he is feeling, what are his problems, it is not easy to say something from the outside, but he knows why he is struggling and what is missing to be competitive”.
Someone even talked about a future in SBK for Rossi, with Alvaro who seems to be happy in case: “I invite him to join SBK, it is a more relaxed paddock. Valentino would be a really hard guy to beat but I would be happy with more riders on track! It would be really funny and when you race against the greatest, your wins get more value!”