The SBK World Championship started about one month ago in Australia, but at the moment it is not known when it will resume. The fact is that the first race of the season was full of exciting pointers with three different winners. Whereas the Kawasaki and the Yamaha managed to emerge together with Redding's Ducati, the Honda is still playing the role of spectator.
Alvaro Bautista is in fact trying to mould the new bike to his liking and as a result it will take time for him to acquire the right confidence. Meanwhile, the Spanish rider has been giving an exclusive interview to Marca in Spain, talking about the start of the championship.
From his face it is clear to see the disappointment about how the adventure on the track with HRC started: “With the CBR 1000 RR-R, I hoped to have other sensations - he said - certainly in Australia it didn’t go well, but this is a new project. At the time I signed there was no bike, let alone a team, but what matters is the trust I have shown towards the manufacturer. At Phillip Island I struggled at the beginning, but then I managed to improve, showing greater competitiveness over the weekend."
Bautista is therefore trying to keep his morale high: "Australia has always been a particular race and we will have to see the values on the track later - he added - for sure it is a shame to stop right now, since we needed to work, even though it is the right decision, given what is happening in the world ".
As well as the challenge with Honda, in the interview he also mentions his rivals, including Razgatlioglu: “I think he must calm down for a moment and sort out the ideas in his head - he commented - last year he was very fast, but he made many mistakes, involving me too. I hope the factory team helps to give him the necessary peace of mind."
MotoGP was also one of the topics Bautista broached, also because the contract of Alex Marquez expires at the end of the year: “I am a Honda rider and I have no clauses with them - commented Alvaro - If they wanted me in MotoGP, I am there, I wouldn’t say no". His final comment was reserved for Jorge Lorenzo: "He is a particular rider, but with very clear ideas. When he was racing the Honda he was scared of getting injured rather than thinking about having fun. Now, with the Yamaha he is adapting more easily."