“MotoGP bikes are so similar today that all riders are on the same level” – Alvaro Bautista
The quality of the bikes, teams and riders in MotoGP today is undeniable, but the races don’t always offer the best possible spectacle or as many overtakes as one would like. On the other hand, in the Superbike World Championship, the races are often fiercely contested to the end by the leading group, one of whose protagonists is currently the championship leader: Alvaro Bautista.
The #19 told SPEEDWEEK.com that MotoGP has a very balanced grid, in which almost everyone has reached the limit: “At first glance, there are no big differences between the riders in MotoGP. The times are very close together and in the races they ride one behind the other. There are hardly any overtaking maneuvers because everything the world has reached the limit. Impossible to ride much faster than an opponent, everything happens in 2/10 sec.’
According to Bautista, in WSBK there are considerable differences between the bikes, which allow for more diversity in riding and closer combat: ‘The [MotoGP] the bikes are so similar today that all cyclists are on the same level. For me, it’s strange. In Superbike, the differences are bigger, so there is more fighting in the races. The Ducati, Yamaha and Kawasaki are very different bikes to ride on different lines. Each bike has advantages in certain areas, which leads to exciting battles. It’s a good thing for viewers.