Bautista, who strikes to the WSBK in 2019 after 9 seasons in MotoGP, will debut within the sequence based mostly on manufacturing later this month, when the brand new season will start at Phillip Island.
The Spanish rider concluded the final pre-season check in Portimao with the quickest third quickest time, though he was greater than a second behind Kawasaki's four-time champion, Jonathan. Rea, whereas teammate Chaz Davies was the eleventh of 14 riders current.
"The bike has excellent potential, however for now it’s too immature," mentioned Bautista, who changed Marco Melandri alongside Davies inside the Ducati staff WSBK this season.
"We have to understand how he adapts to the Phillip Island monitor and we'll see, I have no idea what to say about the potential of successful from Phillip Island."
"I'm completely happy to start out the championship at Phillip Island as a result of it's higher to go on a monitor that I do know from a monitor I've by no means seen, like Portimao the place the final check came about.
"Additionally at Phillip Island, I’ve an excellent monitor report and final 12 months, I did very effectively with a Ducati MotoGP manufacturing facility bike. Is one thing in my favor. "
Davies dismissed recommendations Ducati was attempting to "conceal" his tempo within the preliminary rounds, and the Welshman mentioned his expectations had been excessive for Phillip's curtain-raiser Island.
"We’re engaged on a brand new bike," mentioned Davies. "You are able to do what you need with it, however we do our personal job."
"A very powerful factor is to grasp the bike throughout winter testing. So we’ve got a greater thought of the season that begins. the adjustments we make. Each bike reacts otherwise, so we have to know the way it works.
"We don’t wish to go to Phillip Island pondering high 5 can be an excellent outcome.We’re clearly right here with greater ambitions.This isn’t assured, however I believe we might be aggressive.
"We’ve to do an excellent check and, as I mentioned earlier, extra info, extra understanding. It won’t be simple as a result of there are just a few days of testing earlier than beginning to run, however the long-term objectives are formidable. "
Requested if he was involved about Rea's tempo of testing, Davies replied," No. I'm loopy for the second!
Bautista added that he would attempt to higher perceive what makes the Rea-Kawasaki mixture so formidable throughout the Phillip Island trials earlier than the primary race.
"Sadly, I didn’t perceive a lot about Rea and Kawasaki [in Portimao] as a result of I solely met him twice on the monitor and he closed the gasoline twice, "mentioned the Spaniard.
"It was most likely to keep away from any probability from me to study something about his driving type or in regards to the operation of the 2019 Kawasaki. However I hope to have the possibility in Australia to have the ability to examine higher [him]. "
Alvaro Bautista, Aruba.it Racing Crew-Ducati SBK
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