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SBK, Bautista: "Rea? To beat me, he'll have to go beyond the limit."

Alvaro: "I suffered a lot today with my steering. This means that the Panigale V4 is still not perfect all around."

SBK: Bautista: "Rea? To beat me, he'll have to go beyond the limit."


There’s a Ducati that shines bright on the Buriram track. B's. After having had the race in his hands in the morning, the Spaniard did it again in the afternoon, setting the competition straight.

The Aruba rider couldn't have expected more, and his confidence showed on the Thai track. Unlike what was seen at Phillip Island, Johnny Rea, however, is threatening and, consequently,  a thrilling scuffle between the two is expected.

"Friday's outcome can only be considered positive," said the Spanish rider. "In the morning, I tried to take all the necessary steps I needed, since I rode only once before in Buriram. We needed to improve our confidence in some sectors, including the middle. I managed to move a step forward, but not enough."

What exactly are you referring to?

"Unfortunately, I struggle with my steering," he said. "This means that the bike is not perfect in all areas. I expected to have the same feelings like at Phillip Island, but I can still adapt to the various dynamics of the bike."

From what we could see today, you and Rea are one step ahead of the others.

"That's true, but I think it's better not to trust the other drivers too much. However, I'm not surprised to see Johnny so close, since the margin I had in Australia was more impressive.  I, therefore, expect a challenging race with him, just like in the Superpole Race at Phillip Island."

In Australia, you pointed out that, unlike Marquez, Rea is not a rider who seeks to reach the limit.

"That's true. We've seen it in recent years that he never goes further. I'll try to bring him along, then, in case we’ll both be competing for a possible victory. Certainly, fans prefer challenging races, just like me, so it'll be interesting to see what will happen."



Translated by Leila Myftija

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