lvaro Bautista will have his first opportunity to become world superbike champion this weekend in Indonesia. For this reason, City Council has enabled the Talavera Ferial Auditorium for the Pilot’s Fan Club to follow the title race and potential achievement of the Ducati rider from Talavera in the final round of the World Championship.
The opening hours will be 6 a.m. on Saturday for Race 1 and if it doesn’t get the title, a new appointment will begin at 3 a.m. for the Short Test and Race 2 on Sunday. The doors of Talavera’s Ferial Way will remain open until the auditorium’s capacity is reached, that is, about 200 people.
As such, everyone expected the venue to once again become a talisman like the morning of 17 September 2006, when Bautista was declared the 125 cc world champion at the Australian Phillip Island circuit, much to the enthusiasm of hundreds of fans. was for An appointment in this location.
The Councilor for Sports, Sergio Gutierrez, who confirmed the auditorium’s transfer following a request from the fan club, has not hesitated to describe the Talaverano Championship as a “season”. He will be present at the venue to follow the race and celebrate Bautista’s more than likely victory.
And it is that Talaverano could make history in Indonesia. Saturday’s Race 1, number 900 of the Superbike World Championship, is the first chance for a Ducati rider to claim the title if he beat Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA Yamaha with Brix WorldSBK) by 17 points and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing) leads. Team WorldSBK) for one point. In short, Bautista will have to finish in first or second place: if he is in first place, he must wait for Razgatlioglu to finish in eighth or worse, while if he is in second place, Toprak has to finish 13. th or worse. If he overtakes Ree, it is mathematically enough to put the Northern Irishman out of contention. Bautista never rode a Ducati Panigale V4 R in Mandalay, but that was no deterrent on his way to victory at Estoril and Most, where he was also making his debut.
As stated on the World Superbike website, it is a difficult task, but Rajagatlioglu will not give up on the title race just because the points are against him. At least he hopes to bring the title fight to Australia, and to do so he will need to reduce his current deficit of 82 points to 62 by the end of the round.
You never know what could happen in a motorcycle; Technical issues, bad weather or getting into an opponent’s crash are some of the external factors that have affected this year’s title race for the three title contenders. Toprak has said that Mandalika will be a good platform for him and Yamaha, and also for Rei and Kawasaki, so if the weather holds up, there could be an unexpected turn.
And Jonathan Rea is mathematically still a contender, but he’ll have to rely on absolute dominance in the following clashes, along with the worst luck for his opponents, to keep his hopes up.