Championship leader Alvaro Bautista is currently riding high. A record-breaking season has already resulted in him becoming a World Superbike star. He looks set to continue his winning streak at the Pirelli Italian Round. With 11 consecutive wins after 11 races, Bautista has the prospect of setting a new record for consecutive wins. He is currently tied with Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK).
The Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit in Imola is one of the most prestigious circuits in the world. It’s also new ground for Bautista, having not visited before a private test two weeks ago. The test gave Bautista vital track time, but also gave him his first taste of wet weather riding on the all-new Panigale V4 R.
Before the round, Alvaro Bautista said: “Two weeks ago I had the chance to test at Imola, a circuit where I’ve never raced before. It was very useful because now I have a few more markers for the weekend race. The track is a bit ‘old style’: it’s very narrow, with a lot of hard braking points, but it’s got a nice combination of fast corners.
All things considered, it’s a fun circuit, even though I still have to interpret the lines better. It’ll surely be a great weekend and we hope to arrive at the same competitive level we’ve had so far. For the Aruba team’s and the Ducati factory’s home race, we absolutely want to be and must be on top form!”
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