Alvaro Bautista prolonged interview – Getting rubbery…

Alvaro Bautista Interview

Alvaro Bautista: “Right here in Australia it relies upon lots on the wind. If there’s extra wind it’s extra bodily, because the bike tends to maneuver extra. Once you exit from flip two and arrive at flip 4, particularly in flip 4, you by no means cease the bike, pushing pushing pushing. However I choose this course [of the wind] as a result of when the wind comes from the opposite manner, the exit from flip two is loopy. It’s very troublesome place.”

Q: Are you prepared with the brand new bike?

Bautista: “I feel from the primary day with this bike, it felt good, we didn’t should make large adjustments on the bike, simply clean particulars. At the moment we have been extra centered, yesterday we strive some set ups however at present we have been centered solely on tyres. To get the utmost feeling with the tyres.”

Q: Did you’ve gotten sufficient tyres?

Bautista: “Properly, no, however the good factor is that I did many many laps throughout this two days, yesterday I did 88 laps and at present I feel I did 80, so tyres have been on the restrict, however we usually experience and alter after 14-15 laps, right here we modified after 20 laps.”

Alvaro Bautista

Q: Is that extra helpful for the weekend?

Bautista: “For me I choose this, as a result of you’ll be able to work extra particular to the race, and fewer for the time assault. Particularly this morning, as a result of we had two SC0 tyres on the rear. I used one this morning simply to see the sensation, however I didn’t have entrance, so I needed to strive with the gentle entrance. It was loopy within the first lap I used to be virtually crashing as a result of no good really feel from the entrance. So I can’t use qualification tyre, and within the afternoon tyre I attempted to do 10 laps to see if we are able to use for the Superpole race, with the correct tyre on the entrance the sensation was fairly good.

“You all the time attempt to enhance and for positive the bike is excellent, however we nonetheless want to enhance particularly as a result of the bike isn’t turning, effectively the Ducati character, so identical as final 12 months. Additionally on the steadiness, particularly quick monitor like this one, many occasions the bike strikes lots. I feel a lot of the bike are transferring, however possibly for my weight or one thing, I really feel loads of motion. If we are able to enhance that I will probably be pleased. However I’m not upset with the evolution of this bike.”

Alvaro Bautista

Q: For the race, what are you pondering?

Bautista: “I feel that that is completely different, for positive many riders are testing issues, and of their race weekend you place all of it collectively, so like all the time I say, what you see on check you must be very cautious for the race weekend. The concept is simply to begin on Friday, attempt to get this sense with the bike, for me the necessary factor is the sensation with the bike after which we’ll see. I’m simply centered on myself, attempt to do my greatest and that’s all. If we are able to do good, good. If we can not do good, okay then we’ll cry.

“I imply I feel that within the race weekend, all people will go quick, particularly Toprak, he looks as if he’s struggling, however for me he isn’t pushing 100 per cent as a result of I noticed him on the monitor and he has tempo, and when he will get behind one other rider, he can comply with him. Yesterday he was a 31 and comply with me, increase 30, so which means he can do it, I imply he isn’t pushing on the most. Additionally I feel Rea is engaged on the bike, however when it’s the correct time to push, he’ll push. The check are the check, and necessary is the race. So we’ll see. For me the necessary is the sensation to have with the bike.”

Alvaro Bautista

Q: With the Pirelli scenario, all of the tyres you’re utilizing now are from final 12 months, that have been left right here. So the tyres arriving tomorrow will they be the identical spec, or are there some new ones?

Bautista: “They’ll be the identical. The one factor is they are going to be new. Now some tyre was higher, some worse, relies upon how a lot you heat them prior to now, final race. So the tyres, they aren’t all the identical. For the race weekend, we can have identical high quality for all of the tyres.”

Q: You stated in regards to the behaviour off throttle for turning, the burden switch or steering with the rear>

Bautista: “I feel it’s each, to go in you’ll want to pressure lots, mid-corner you’ll want to make like extra turning as a result of the bike character is to simply exit. Usually to make this bike flip, I’ve to make use of the rear, slide it slightly bit then flip, however with this tyre its troublesome as a result of there is no such thing as a grip, so if I make the bike slide… *makes crashing noise* so it’s a compromise, it’s not simple.”

Q: Which tyre are you proud of essentially the most?

Bautista: “Properly there’s the SC0 tyre after which now we have two tougher compound, there may be one that’s possibly much less tougher, that’s my favorite. I did the race simulation with that and for me, it was giving me confidence.”

Q: Identical downside with steering? What in regards to the SC0?

Bautista: “Yea. With the tyre it’s SC0 evaluating to the opposite, however I feel it’s not allowed to do the race. They’re enthusiastic about for the Superpole race, however undecided but. As a result of at present we needed to strive many riders to see if we are able to do it. I did 10 laps with the SC0 tyre and the tempo was 30-medium to 30-high, and the tyre was good, wanting good, the sensation doesn’t drop lots, in order that’s it.”

Alvaro Bautista

Phillip Island WorldSBK Race Schedule

Friday 24 February 2023
Begin End Class Session
Laps Distance
0740 0750 Timekeeping Monitor System Check
0810 0820 FIM Medical Inspection /// FIM Monitor Inspection
0850 0910 Australian Supersport 300 FP    
0915 0940 Australian Supersport FP    
0945 1015 Australian Superbike FP1    
1030 1115 WorldSSP FP1    
1130 1215 WorldSBK FP    
1225 1255 ASBK Pillion Rides
1305 1325 Australian Supersport 300 Q    
1335 1355 Australian Supersport Q    
1405 1435 Australian Superbike FP2    
1500 1545 WorldSSP FP2    
1600 1645 WorldSBK FP2    
1705 Australian Supersport 300 R1 8 35.56km
Saturday 25 February 2023
Begin End Class Session Laps Distance
0740 0750 Timekeeping Monitor System Check
0810   0820 FIM Medical Inspection /// FIM Monitor Inspection
0900 0920 Australian Superbike Q
0940 Australian Supersport 300 R2 8 35.56km
1015 Australian Supersport R1 10 44.45km
1050 1120 WorldSBK FP3
1140 Australian SuperbikeR1 12 53.34km
1225 1245 WorldSSP  Superpole
1310 1325 WorldSBK  Superpole
1340 1410 Pit Stroll 1 & Security Automobile Laps
1430 WorldSSP R1 18 80.01km
1505 1535 ASBK Pillion Rides
1600 WorldSBK R1 22 97.79km
1720 Australian Supersport R2 10 44.45km
Sunday 26 February 2023
Begin  End  Session  Session Laps Distance
0800 0810 Timekeeping Monitor System Check
0830  0840 FIM Medical Inspection /// FIM Monitor Inspection
0910 Australian Supersport 300 R3 8 35.56km
0945 Australian Superbike R2 12 53.34km
1030 1045 WorldSBK WUP
1055 1110 WorldSSP WUP
1130 Australian Supersport R3 10 44.45km
1200 1235 Pit Stroll 2 & Security Automobile Laps ASBK Shows on Podium
1300 WorldSBK SPRace 10 44.45km
1340 Australian Superbike R3 12 53.34km
1430 WorldSSP R2   80.01km
1505 1535 ASBK Pillion Rides ASBK Shows on Podium
1600 WorldSBK R3 22 97.79km