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SBK, Bautista only 17th at Jerez: "I'm 70% in shape. My rivals are to be feared"

Still struggling after his injury last November, Alvaro ended the test far from the leaders: "I wasn't able to push hard." The names of his opponents are clear: "Razgatlioglu, Rea and Bulega are looking awesome"

SBK: Bautista only 17th at Jerez:

The curtain has come down on the two days of Superbike testing on the Jerez de la Frontera track. For Alvaro Bautista, still in pain following the crash he had on the Spanish circuit at the end of last year, the outcome was not the best. The two-time world champion in fact only finished in 17th position despite having completed an impressive 81 laps.

"I felt a little better physically than yesterday - he confessed immediately - I'm slowly improving and this is positive. Let's see if we can recover further for the Portimao test. The good thing is that the pain has been constant, if not decreasing. This allowed me to do several long runs, even if not at 100%."

After setting several laps in 1m39s, the world champion confessed to having being able to get a good look at his rivals. "The others were very fast. I, on the other hand, am far behind. Maybe I should be worried, but my condition and the feeling with the bike prevented me from being at 100%. I didn't even put on qualifying tyres because I knew I wouldn't be able to give much. Surprised by anyone? On the eve I had indicated Toprak, Johnny and Nicolò as my main rivals and this is actually the case. They lapped strongly and didn't surprise me, although it's always difficult to make assessments here. Overall, however, the level is higher than 2023."

Analysing his own form, the 38-year-old had no doubts: "I feel 70% in terms of the way I ride. With the motorbike, however, I don't know why until I feel great, I have no idea of where I can get to. Now I'm far from the limit."

Finally, he had a comment to make on the subject of ballast. "In Portugal I will do the same test as on Wednesday with the two weight distributions to understand if the sensations are equivalent. That is a different type of circuit, so it is not necessarily a given that what we tested here is good. We will make the comparison and then we will see what to adopt to Australia".

 

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