Imola: land unknown to Bautista; opportunity for Rea

The Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari hosts the fifth stop of the World SBK, a circuit in which Spain has never run and in which the Kawasaki has six consecutive podiums.


After a four-week break, the Superbike World Championship returns to the scene this weekend at at el Enzo and Dino Ferrari Autodromo. A circuit in which Álvaro Bautista will feel the heat of the Italian tifosi, devoted to their pilots and Ducati, Italian factory. But the Talaverano also faces a new difficulty that will put in check his dominance in the category (eleven victories in eleven races): has never competed in the legendary track of Imola. He took advantage of the parón to test the circuit, , which allowed him to get an idea of what the Emilia-Romagna circuit looks like: "Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to ride in Imola, a circuit where I had never run before It was very useful because now I have some reference points for the race, the track is a bit 'vintage': it's very narrow, with lots of braking points and a good combination of fast corners. "

Jonathan Rea, meanwhile, sees each sleeve as the option to revalidate the title moves a little further, although the Northern Irishman promises battle: "We arrived at Imola trying to take another step in my driving and also the performance of the The circuit is amazing and full of history I see Imola as a track where we can be competitive and try to change the inertia of the World Cup. " A circuit that the Kawasaki rider likes, as shown his 7 victories and 12 podiums, a place he has been visiting in Imola since 2014 uninterruptedly.

Hector Barberá will once again climb into a SBK, as Tati Mercado continues to recover from his left wrist injury and the Spanish rider will get back on his Kawasaki. Who returns to the World Cup is the old team of the pilot of Dos Aguas, the Toth Team. After the issue of the motorcycle disappeared in MotorLand, in which the Civil Guard is still working, the Hungarian team has hired Gabriele Ruiu to get on the Yamaha in SSP. A category the one of SSP in which Randy Krummenacher commands the general with 17 points of advantage against his more immediate pursuer, his teammate Federico Caricasulo. Isaac Viñales, for his part, will look for his first podium of the season, a place he touched in Thailand. María Herrera, with two points already in her locker, will try to sneak again in the points zone after her zero in Assen.

Y to close, in SSP300, Manuel González counts his races in this 2019 for victories, thanks to his triumphs in Aragon and Assen. In Imola you will have the opportunity to continue adding points in a category that dominates and in which each point is gold due to the large number of participants and equality in each race. Ana Carrasco, defender of the title, premiered her locker in Assen after her fall in Aragón and in Imola and won in 2018 brilliantly with 13 seconds ahead of the second.



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