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SBK, Barcelona: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Bautista and Ducati: 43 shades of red at Montmelò. Alvaro dominates in Catalonia, but it's not a celebration for all the Ducatis. In SuperSport MV Agusta dreams big

SBK: Barcelona: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


250 revs less were not enough to stop Alvaro Bautista and his Panigale V4 at Montmelò! The Spaniard was playing a separate sport and a weekend of kisses panned out in Catalonia. The Ducati number 19 celebrated, much less the satellite ones, who were forced to play the role of spectators.

Petrucci and Bassani, who appeared in trouble on Sunday, know all about it. It went even worse for Bulega, who was left stranded with the V2 in Race 2. And still on the subject of Italian bikes, there is an MV Agusta that celebrated big time with a dream podium.

THE GOOD – Alvaro Bautista will excuse us, but the mention goes to his working group. Marco Zambenedetti is the brains, Giulio Nava is his right-hand man, together with all the other members of the team, key figures in achieving success last year and in this start of the season. After what we have seen in these first four races, we wonder how it is possible to stop the Red Army.

THE BAD - There is certainly bad blood between Rinaldi and Bassani and the weekend in Barcelona is yet another example. What happened between the two did not benefit either one or the other. May it be an example for next time.

THE UGLY – Bautista shone like a light but the other Ducatis switched off. Bassani, Petrucci and Oettl know all about this, and on Sunday at Montmelò they melted like snow in the sun, showing the other face of the Red. In Supersport it was even worse for Bulega, who abandoned the scene at the very end, betrayed by his Panigale.

CONFIRMATION – Andrea Locatelli is one of the best certainties of this start of the Championship. His seat seemed to be at risk, but Loca has shown that hard work always pays off. In fact, with his Yamaha he has demonstrated the pace that everyone expected, now all that remains to do is put pen to paper for next season.

DISAPPOINTMENT – Scott Redding and this BMW don't seem to get along very well. A horrific weekend panned out at Barcelona for the British rider, to the point that he never even managed to get into the top ten once. That light at the end of the tunnel still remains to be seen.

ERROR – Johnny Rea tried his utmost, but a slide at 320 km/h took him out. A mistake that cost the northern Irishman dearly in the Superpole Race, and which was decisive in affecting his entire Sunday race.

SURPRISE – What a show this MV Agusta is! Andrea Quadranti's team could not hope for more from the Barcelona weekend. A fantastic one-two from the duo of Sofuoglu-Schrotter, which helps to make the Schiranna manufacturer dream of the title with its F3 800.

PASS – Cunning and cynical. The award goes to Toprak, who overtook Michael Rinaldi at the final corner of Race 2, grabbing the second step of the podium from him.

ANECDOTE - At Barcelona, Alvaro Bautista notched up a total of 43 wins with the Ducati. With the red bike, the Spaniard has won half of the races. What more can you ask of him?

TOLD YOU SO – All the riders on the eve of the Barcelona round: "It will be impossible against Bautista". They weren't wrong!


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