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.