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Not much talk here about Bautista’s devastating and brutal dominance in WSBK. He’s like mm and just playing with everyone. Arguably would have been better to have given him the second Ducati motogp seat. If Our Jack doesn’t get it next year I can see him going to WSBK. Him or Petrucci.
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Assen was supposed to be the track that bought Alvaro back to the pack and Rea thought to be an odds on winner.
Alvaro did have luck with the red flag in Superpole.
He just ground out two more wins, race 2 giving him some racing practice until he cleared out.

I think Ducati will want to keep him in SBK, the other three Ducatis are not doing much.
Does he have a 1 or 2 year contract?
If its a 2 year contract he'll be free when a lot of riders in Motogp are off contract.
Aprilia and KTM will be looking and if Lorenzo doesn't improve I'm tipping Bautista for Repsol Honda 2021-22.
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cant see him going back to motogp. they need a new sbk hero. they havent had one for ages.
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I think he will have offers from MotoGP teams, but will they be competitive teams? There is the option of a wild card, which Ducati tends to run at Mugello.
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Assen was supposed to be the track that bought Alvaro back to the pack and Rea thought to be an odds on winner.
Alvaro did have luck with the red flag in Superpole.
He just ground out two more wins, race 2 giving him some racing practice until he cleared out.

I think Ducati will want to keep him in SBK, the other three Ducatis are not doing much.
Does he have a 1 or 2 year contract?
If its a 2 year contract he'll be free when a lot of riders in Motogp are off contract.
Aprilia and KTM will be looking and if Lorenzo doesn't improve I'm tipping Bautista for Repsol Honda 2021-22.
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I'd bet money (not a lot) that Alvaro will stay in WSBK until he retires. He had plenty of chances in MotoGP, including with Ducati last year. For whatever reason, he was never able to come to terms with being fast over the course of a season- or, even over the course of a race. He spent his entire MotoGP career without a win, and only 3 podiums. And, he did have plenty of chances with a few different factories, having ridden for Suzuki, Honda, Aprilia, and Ducati.

I'd also guess that he is finally getting a real paycheck, as opposed to whatever else he had going on in prior years. He also just had a child last year, and will likely try to make good money while he is able. I think it would be a good thing for everyone if he stays in WSBK.

1. He makes good money
2. He has a competitive ride for the rest of his career
3. He elevates the game of the rest of the WSBK riders
4. He becomes a SBK legend- assuming he continues to beat up the field
5. He isnt getting any younger

The MotoGP stovepipe is very full with new riders, waiting their chance at the big leagues. I'd be surprised if they went back to Alvaro for anything other than a one-off ride from here on.
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Have a look at world supersport also, WSS, great racing! (but no Ducati)

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Gigi really likes Bautista, and there was a point last season where a lot of people had him as the 2nd best Ducati rider in the GP paddock (right behind Dovi). Ducati has 6 bikes, but only Dovi, Bagnaia, and Abraham have contracts for 2020, so there could be an opening, maybe even on a GP20.
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Gigi really likes Bautista, and there was a point last season where a lot of people had him as the 2nd best Ducati rider in the GP paddock (right behind Dovi). Ducati has 6 bikes, but only Dovi, Bagnaia, and Abraham have contracts for 2020, so there could be an opening, maybe even on a GP20.
There was no one in the GP paddock last year who felt that Alvaro was the best candidate for a works Ducati, nor did any of those people think that Alvaro was the 2nd best Ducati rider in the paddock.

Really. Most of the paddock were stunned that he was able to finish 4th at PI, but as most will say, PI is rather peculiar and often times gives us interesting and unexpected results.

Also, Alvaro will be 35 next year. It would be quite odd for a 35 year old guy, who over an 8 year career never managed a win and only 3 podiums, to get a factory Ducati GP20, instead of Jack Miller, or any of the other young guys.
It might be plausible that Alvaro goes back to paying for rides with whomever has the GP19's, but it's unlikely in the extreme.
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............Alvaro will be 35 next year.............
That changes everything. Didn't know he was 35. Not much chance of getting back to motoGP at that age, he'll finish his career with Ducati SBK.

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