First match of the season in Superbike between Alvaro Bautista and Jonathan Rea. The 2 huge names of Ducati and Kawasaki can be on observe in Portimao on February 7-Eight.
Lower than every week to the second Superbike check of 2022 after the one in Jerez. Jonathan Rea began instantly with a file lap, however there have been no direct rivals Alvaro Bautista and Toprak Razgatlioglu on the observe. On February 7-Eight in Portimao all of the riders of the Ducati SBK workforce can be current, together with Danilo Petrucci, about to fly to the States to take part in MotoAmerica and maybe discover a place in WorldSBK for the 2023 season. It is going to even be the primary alternative for a confrontation between Rea and Bautista, the Turkish Yamaha champion nonetheless absent.
Bautista extra mature, however not previous
On the age of 37, Alvaro Bautista would be the oldest driver within the series-derived world championship. Apart from one final market hit that will see Leon Haslam dock in Kawasaki with Pedercini’s workforce. Age issues little: Carlos Checa was confirmed as world champion at 39 within the 2011 season, Max Biaggi was 41 when he triumphed in 2012 with Aprilia. The Spaniard of Aruba.it Racing Ducati will attempt to renew the successful historical past of the veterans after the final two years “grey” at Honda. “My grey hair comes from the stress I’ve had for the previous couple of years“, Joked the previous MotoGP rider. Solely three podiums in 61 races with the Fireblade, a schedule that prompted him to show round within the course of Ducati.
Alvaro Bautista needs to brush up on the performances of 2019, when he got here near the Superbike title by successful 16 races. The Panigale V4R might match completely, particularly after the most recent 2020-2021 updates. A motorcycle that has actually gained energy and grip with out upsetting its nature. In flip, the Spaniard gained expertise, particularly by way of feeling with Pirelli tires: “I really feel stronger than ever and I’m not previous“. Even in non-public life he has raised his degree of maturity by changing into a father twice within the final two years. After the check final November he is able to get again on the bike: “I’m prepared for no matter occurs“.