Bautista heads into the summer season break with a 31-point buffer over nearest rival Jonathan Rea on the head of the standings after scoring his seventh victory of the 12 months within the first race at Most final weekend.
The Spaniard backed up that outcome with a stable run to 3rd within the Superpole race and second within the finale after being handed by Toprak Razgatlioglu, who has now closed to inside 38 factors of the lead.
It got here after Bautista noticed his factors benefit reduce within the previous Donington Park spherical owing to a crash, though the 37-year-old was at the very least relieved to not lose extra factors at what was thought to be a poor venue for the Ducati V4 R Panigale.
After coming away from Most – the place he had by no means raced a Ducati earlier than – with an enhanced factors lead, Bautista mentioned he feels he simply must make it by the following spherical at Magny-Cours in September earlier than the sequence returns to extra Ducati-friendly venues like Portimao and Barcelona.
“I feel crucial factor is to not make errors,” Bautista mentioned when requested how assured he felt about his title prospects.
“Within the Superpole race, utilizing the SCX tyre, I felt extra grip however I felt the bike pushing on the entrance. There have been a few instances I practically crashed and I didn’t take a danger to comply with them [Razgatlioglu and Rea].
“It’s extra necessary not lose a number of factors than to extend the benefit in each race. Donington, right here and Magny-Cours, these three tracks are important, particularly right here as a result of I by no means rode the Ducati and we had to make use of the exhausting [SC0] rear tyre. At these tracks, it’s extra necessary to not lose rather a lot.
“At Donington I misplaced factors as a result of I crashed, however with out that we might nonetheless have elevated the benefit. Right here we took some benefit, however sincerely I don’t take into consideration this. I favor to consider each race [individually], deal with not making errors and produce residence the utmost.”
Bautista at one stage seemed good to make it a clear sweep of full-distance race wins at Most, however misplaced floor when he overshot the Flip 1-2 advanced on the sixth lap of twenty-two, dropping to 3rd.
He later regrouped by passing Razgatlioglu and Rea to take the lead on lap 13, however then discovered himself powerless to withstand a late problem from Razgatlioglu, who made the decisive transfer on lap 16.
Bautista admitted that he was having hassle together with his braking for the primary nook, which he feels was key to being unable to beat Razgatlioglu.
“I don’t know why however I used to be usually lacking the braking level for the primary nook, generally too lengthy, generally too brief,” mentioned Bautista. “The reference was not very clear, perhaps due to the wind or one thing.
“I misplaced rather a lot within the first braking, and yesterday that was one among my robust factors. Immediately I used to be not as robust as yesterday.
“On the finish, Toprak made good laptimes, I attempted to comply with him, however I used to be a bit late. I wanted a few laps to vary the references and push extra. By the point I improved my tempo, Toprak was a bit far.”
Bautista added that he was nonetheless affected by the hand damage he picked up together with his Donington crash, however hopes to be 100% match by the point the sequence resumes at Magny-Cours subsequent month.