In later races, Bautista’s winning margins decreased, and then he lost his impressive point lead in crashes caused by loss of the front. Bautista said he had come to rely on a certain front-end feel that gave him confidence, and that in the events in which he crashed this feel had for unknown reasons been absent. This, of course, made me remember Casey Stoner, 2007 MotoGP world champion on a Ducati, who in following seasons suffered loss-of-front-grip crashes that occurred without warning. When I described this to Bautista, he countered that when his bike’s proper front “feel” is present, he has the confidence to push to the limit. But when that feel is absent you must push anyway, but then you may go too far. He noted more than once that when you are at the limit, even very small things can make the difference between a normal lap and a crash.