#RiminiWorldSBK | Alvaro Bautista: “I am angry with myself”
Sunday started really well for Alvaro Bautista with a great Superpole Race win but in Race 2 he crashed out as happened in Jerez, letting Rea the chance of reducing championship gap
Alvaro Bautista’s Sunday was looking really good after Superpole Race win in the morning and everyone was thinking that the Spaniard was going to replicate that result in the afternoon on Race 2. At the end, championship leader made another mistake just after two laps as happened in Jerez and ended in 14th, throwing so many points to his rival Jonathan Rea.
This is now the second crash in a row after Jerez’s one: “I am angry with myself, I did too mistakes in two races. I felt so good on the bike this morning, I knew also that in the second race track was more slippery. I did not do anything crazy but I had too much confidence and I crashed due to that”.
A new situation for Alvaro, who pretty much dominated the championship without any trouble: “We have a lot of confidence and maybe I cannot understand really well track conditions because of that, I have to work on this aspect. Crashing two times in a row is too much. I am a rookie, maybe the difference between Superpole Race and Race 2 was bigger than the previous GPs. In the sprint race I use also less fuel, we should be more ready and careful”.
Championship now is alive and it is not easy to say who is the favorite : “I am not the favorite, I do not think so, championship is too long. It seems that I am super strong but I have only 16 points on Jonathan. I have to work in myself, I cannot make this kind of mistake. I will learn for the future to do not repeat this and get the maximum of each moment”.
Over that, situation for the future is not quite clear at the moment: “I would like to stay with Ducati, but we are waiting also for an opportunity to come back in MotoGP. Door seems to be closed know but you never know. Ducati is happy with me here and with the riders in MotoGP, but talking about SBK we need a technical program before Laguna Seca because the other Ducatis are struggling and the other manufacturers are bringing good bikes, Honda especially, with Kawasaki and Yamaha that are improving a lot”.
This is what happened in Superpole Race, where Alvaro managed to get the win: