Jonathan Rea: This year I think can be a lot closer

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Jonathan Rea: This year I think can be a lot closer

Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea believes that the gap behind Bautista will not be that big and that Ducati will not be able to establish dominance as in 2019. “In 2019 I didn't get to race too much with Alvaro because either I was winning or he was winning by a long way,” he said as quoted by motorsport.

“This year I think can be a lot closer. I feel good with my bike. The operating margin, the window, is wider than last year. “Today I was able to outbrake Toprak [Razgatlioglu], which I could never do in the past.

I'd always ride myself into some issue. it's a positive for us and something we can keep working with. step-by-step and not get carried away."

Fight between Rea and Bautista

The fight between the two was interesting, but in the end Bautista still won the race.

Rea also explained the reason: “On Saturday, Bautista wasn't riding, the bike was doing the job, let's say,” he said. “Strategy-wise I was a little bit better in the race. “But on Sunday he knew that.

His opportunity was to go in the front with clear air and hope there was a bit of chaos behind and that is what happened. “So congrats to him. He did a really good first laps, both races, quite aggressive in the first laps, especially in the Superpole race he got a clear track.

And he did what I expected to be honest. He is happy after all and already focused on what awaits him. “I felt like my pace was similar to Alvaro, but [only] on a clear track. Rinaldi and Toprak were too excited to take track position and I just really struggled to do my rhythm.

“I needed a clear track to be fast. It took a long time to get that. The race was very aggressive again. I made quite a few mistakes, it was windy out there and the wind changed direction. “But to be the best of the rest today, I have to be really happy and move forward to Assen.“