That's pretty impressive. First time riding the bike and already only 0.3 seconds behind Rea, and in 2nd overall. What's funny is that his best lap in the race this year at Jerez in MotoGP was 1:39.839 lol...only a tenth slower on the Panigale on his first day riding that bike lol His qualifying time in that GP race was 1:38.838 so just a second difference.
I think Bautista is gonna be a contender next year as long as he doesn't throw it down the track much. Rea has shown that not only is he really fast, he's also the most consistent guy on the grid throughout the whole season. He rarely crashes and rarely makes mistakes. Bautista can't afford to have more than like 2 DNF's in the whole year even if he's fast enough to win races and get podiums.
2007 ZZR600 (sold)
2006 CBR600 (sold)
2010 1198 (parted out across North America)
2013 CBR500R (sold)
2009 ZX6R (parted out across North America)
2015 R3 (race bike)
April 2016 and April 2017 6OTM winner!