Bautista scares away fears: “2019 is over and this fall means nothing”

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Álvaro Bautista spoke after Race 1 at Donington Park with about his crash and whether it might affect him in the future as it did in 2019.

Bad start to the weekend for the Spanish Ducati rider who crashed in race 1 with 9 laps to go and was riding in second position, head to head with six-time world champion Jonathan Rea.

The last corner is always difficult, you can take it in different ways because of how bumpy it is“commented that of Talavera. “On other occasions I had braked harder at that time and nothing had happened, but maybe i pushed too hard and the nose gear was closed“, he added about what happened at the time of the fall.

However, despite this error, Álvaro seems hopeful for future races. “What matters is performance. I was fine with the bike and felt fasteven if Toprak was far enough“explained the Ducati.

“What happened in 2019 belongs to the past”

After the fall in the race, which suppose the first zero of spanish in the championship (he had not come down from the podium until now), the fight for the world championship is reopened and old ghosts hang over the still championship leader. “Now I have to be calm, what happened in 2019 is in the past and today’s crash means nothing“commented that of Talavera. “We all make mistakes and these things can happen. If I was on the motorcycle, I would do it again because I felt like it was going fastAlvaro added.

However, despite today’s error, Bautista he is optimistic for the rest of the weekend and the championship. “The Ducati Panigale is a very balanced motorcycle and we are able to go fast on circuits where we were not before“, he pointed out. “What counts for me are the sensations and three years ago they weren’t as good as this yearadded the former 250cc champion.

“I thought I was faster than Rhea”

The Spanish rider also had time to offer his analysis of his entertaining and fratricidal battle with Jonathan Reawhile Toprak he left without replyheading for victory. “In the passage through the curve, we were very similar. I think he (Rea) was going to the limit because I saw him make some mistakes“commented that of Talavera. “I thought I was faster than him and that’s why I tried to pass it several times“, mentioned Bautista, who also acknowledged that “it was a fun fight…although sadly i went to the ground“.

For its part, the Ducati has also was amazed by the rate at which Toprak Razgatlioglu showed today. “I’m amazed at the rhythm of Toprak, actually I did not expect him to be so fast in the race.” Further, he added that it was also shown surprised by Rhea, because he thought he was stronger at the pace of the race. (Source: Riccardo Gugliemetti,, 07/16/2022)

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