Alvaro Bautista: Powerful Ducati – crashed because of the Carrasco / Superbike World Championship

Alvaro Bautista: Powerful Ducati – crashed because of the Carrasco / Superbike World Championship


World Superbike Champion Alvaro Bautista finished the first day of testing in Jerez second fastest. With the premiere of the new Ducati Panigale V4R and fall, he had an eventful day.

Only Yamaha star Toprak Razgatlioglu was 0.255 seconds faster than Alvaro Bautista, who raced the new Ducati Panigale V4R for the first time, on the first of two days of testing at the Circuit de Jerez.

“The new bike is very similar, I have compared both, there is no big difference,” the 38-year-old said in an interview with SPEEDWEEK.com. “The big difference is the behavior of the engine. The new engine is smoother, easier to drive, and the power delivery is smoother. And its running time is higher. I rode the old bike in the morning and did my fastest lap with the new one. I feel the new bike has a lot of potential. This was our first demonstration and we have work to do. But it is very easy to ride and gave me good feedback.”

Early in the afternoon, the Spaniard suffered a shock in the first corner: “I had Ana Carrasco about half a length on the straight in front of me, but in the braking zone I approached her very quickly. I had to stop the bike, I got to the dirty part of the outside of the corner and the front wheel slipped. Nothing happened. Ana has to ride with the actors, at the moment she is too fast to ride the bike with the supersport guys. It’s not very safe.”

And of course the question arose as to why his long mane had to give way. Bautista laughing: “I ate a lot in the winter and I had to lose weight, so I cut my hair.”

Times Jerez Test, January 25, 2023
space category Driver (Nat./Motorbike) time/dif
1. SBK Toprak Razgatlioglu (TR/Yamaha) 1:38,597 minutes
2. SBK Alvaro Bautista (E/Ducati) + 0.255 sec
3. SBK Michael Rinaldi (I/Ducati) + 0.643
4. SBK Jonathan Rea (UK/Kawasaki) + 0.705
5. SBK Alex Lowes (UK/Kawasaki) + 1.087
6. SBK Danilo Petrucci (I/Ducati) + 1.193
7. SBK Xavi Vierge (E/Honda) + 1.282
of the 8th. SBK Iker Lecuona (E/Honda) + 1.286
9. SBK Dominique Aegerter (CH/Yamaha) + 1.337
10 SBK Scott Redding (UK/BMW) + 1.401
11. SBK Garrett Gerloff (USA/BMW) + 1.469
12. SBK Andrea Locetelli (I/Yamaha) + 1,630
13. SBK Philipp Öttl (D/Ducati) + 1,637
14 SBK Remy Gardner (AUS/Yamaha) + 1.954
15 SBK Michael v Mark (NL/BMW) + 2.173
16 SBK Tom Sykes (UK/Kawasaki) + 2.286
17 SBK Loris Baz (F/BMW) + 2,443
18 SBK Oliver Koenig (CZ/Kawasaki) + 3,034
19 SBK Lorenzo Baldassarri (I/Yamaha) + 3,129
20 SSP Nicolo Bulega (I/Ducati) + 3,857
21 SSP Can Oncu (TR/Kawasaki) + 3,869
22 SSP Federico Caricasulo (I/Ducati) + 3,941
23 SSP Andrea Mantovani (I/Yamaha) + 4,469
24 SBK Florian Marino (F/Kawasaki) + 4,618
25 SSP John McPhee (UK/Kawasaki) + 7,657