After missing what is a traditional appointment with the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli and its extremely passionate WorldSBK fans in 2020 due to pandemic restrictions, Team HRC is pleased to return to the Italian facility this season and feels confident as it prepares for Round 3, set to get underway this coming Friday
Factory rider Alvaro Bautista is heading into this next event with a keen desire to demonstrate a potential that has been somewhat under-exploited in the two previous rounds and obtain the kind of results that he knows are within his reach.
“The last race weekend left us with mixed feelings, a tough Friday followed by improved performance and confidence throughout the weekend, despite the extra challenge of having our qualifying time cancelled on Saturday. Still, we feel we left some of our potential untapped there and are looking forward to improving this weekend. We approach Misano with a strong mentality and will work to find the feeling that we had at Aragón. Our main target is to have a bike that is well balanced to suit all conditions and every track. I’m so happy to return to Misano after missing it last season. It’s a track that I really enjoy, and it’s definitely very different to both Aragón and Estoril so we will try to find a good set-up with the electronics, the chassis and everything in order to get closer to the front. One thing that makes me really happy is that we will finally have some fans back in the grandstands. A limited number, sure, but it’s a first step and one we have been looking forward during this long closed-door period”.Alvaro Bautista #19