Well - there was a thread about this race and apparently it was moved or whatever.Race 1
How good was Bautista?As unfair as it is, confected competition makes for great entertainment but it’s not racing. Only 19 starters. Interesting.
It was just locked up. That's all. It was for pre-season stuff according to the title and then actual race comments started coming in with spoilers.Well - there was a thread about this race and apparently it was moved or whatever.
Unfortunately there was no info on what/where that happened, so posting my last comments again.
I second that opinion. Obviously it was the first WSBK race for both the V4R and for Bautista. I had high hopes that the V4R would do well and for Bautista also. Both far exceeded any hopes or expectations.I thought this was a great race, eve though you hardly ever saw a Ducati... 15 second gap, wow!
Gagne is a victim of timing. US road racing is in the doldrums right now and he was saddled with that horrible Honda the past few years. I can't see anyone on a Honda being competitive until HRC comes back in force. Not this half-assed thing they're doing now. Plus, Kiyonari is the right nationality for them.I kind of have a difficult time with Gagne not having a ride this year. Not that he set the world on fire or anything but Kiyonari isn't doing so either and he has ages more experience than Gagne does.
Bingo. He finished well in every race last year aboard a satellite Ducati GP18 except when he filled in for Lorenzo. He's no slouch. He's also a former 125 GP World Champ which tends to be forgotten also.It's all three for Bautista. Everyone must remember that Alvaro finished forth last year on the Works Ducati of Lorenzo at Phillip Island and only 4 seconds back. He is very, very fast there.
That makes his finishes even more impressive then, no?AB rode a GP17 except when he filled in for JL. That was the only time he rode a GP18.