'I have to confess' – Secret reason behind Bautista's poor return

Reigning World Superbike champion Alvaro Bautista has explained the cause for his rather lacklustre MotoGP wildcard appearance at this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix by admitting that he’s been hiding a neck injury not just from the media but from his factory Ducati test team.The 38-year-old didn’t look to be anywhere near his previous premier-class pace at the Malaysian circuit despite completing three tests on the Desmosedici in the build-up to this weekend’s event. Coming home in second-to-last place in every single session of the weekend bar Saturday morning’s free practice and beaten comfortably in both the sprint and the race…

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