Alvaro Bautista’s unexpected fall in the first race at Donington Park could have cost Ducati dearly: he injured his right hand, which swelled up on Sunday… With an injury, Alvaro drove the Superpole Race and Race 2, and only on Tuesday was able to undergo a full examination.
Alvaro flew away from Donington, losing 20 points in the first race, but earning 20 in the second, which allowed him to maintain his position as the leader of the World Championship.
Bautista drove through Sunday’s race, taking a good dose of painkillers, as he admitted in an interview after the finish. But the footage from the award ceremony said that we were not giving him peace of mind: ice on the swollen hand and slight uncertainty on his face betrayed the anxiety of the Spanish motorcycle racer.
The swelling was quite strong, so it was not possible to do an X-ray right away. Alvaro was able to visit a doctor in Barcelona only on Tuesday: fortunately, the X-ray did not reveal a fracture – it was just a bruise.
Good news not only for Alvaro Bautista but also for Ducati: this weekend the Misano World Circuit will host the annual celebration of World Ducati Week, where all the stars of the factory from MotoGP, WorldSBK, BSB, CIV, CEV and so on should be present – a total of 15 people. Bautista is one of the main attractions of the WDW-2022, he will have to drive several demonstration races and take part in a couple of mock races for the amusement of the public, as usual.