With convincing wins in each races of the opening spherical of the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) in Philip Island, Australia, Spaniard Alvaro Bautista began off his rookie season with a bang. Bautista is the second member of a membership the place a WSBK rookie has gained the primary race of the season, the opposite being John Kosinski at Misano in 1996.
Using the Aruba.IT racing Ducati Panigale V4R, Bautista took the lead at flip one for Race 2, leaving the entrance runners to combat it out amongst themselves. On the finish of the second race, Bautista took the win, with reigning WSBK champion Jonathan Rea in second and Leon Haslam – each using for Kawasaki Racing Staff – in third.
Bautista’s win within the second race was a repeat of the primary, the place he are available forward of Rea and Marco Melandri who was using the GRT Yamaha YZF-R1. On the conclusion of the primary race of the season, Bautista is on high of the rider standings with 62 factors and Rea at 49 factors.
They’re adopted by Melandri and Alex Lowes of Pata Yamaha sharing 30 factors every. Michael Van Der Mark of Pata Yamaha comes up in fifth with 29 factors with Haslam coming in sixth with 24 factors.
Additional down the standings, Tom Sykes on the BMW Motorrad S1000RR in BMW Motorrad WSBK Staff’s debut is ninth within the standings with 12 factors. Bautista was 125 cc world champion in 2006 using for MVA Aspar the place he gained the championship with three races to spare, grabbing the very best factors and most podium finishes alongside the best way.
Nonetheless, regardless of shifting as much as the 250 cc class in 2007 after which to MotoGP in 2010, he didn’t repeat his runaway success, regardless of scoring some podium locations, remaining a robust contender simply exterior the highest three. Bautista made the transfer to WSBK for 2019, after beforehand using for Angel Nieto Staff and Ducati Corse in 2018.
Subsequent race within the WSBK calendar is Buriram, Thailand on March 16. All images courtesy of Half Mild Photographic.
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