Ducati's Bautista Wins By 15 Seconds In World SBK Debut At Phillip Island

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Aruba Racing Ducati rider Alvaro Bautista made a dream debut within the World Superbike (WSBK) Championship within the opening race of the 2019 season. The Spaniard gained the primary race of the season at Phillip Island, Australia by a margin of 14.983s, beating reigning WSBK champion Jonathan Rea of Kawasaki Racing to the highest spot. Bautista was astride the Ducati Panigale V4 R and maintained his momentum proper after taking the lead on the opening lap. Whereas the previous MotoGP rider had proven spectacular tempo in the course of the observe classes, a victory and that too by such an enormous margin was actually unprecedented.

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Alvaro Bautista took his maiden win in WSBK with reigning champion Jonathan Rea ending second

Bautista was dominant by means of the pre-season check in Australia and in addition set the tempo in the course of the observe classes. Nonetheless, the Ducati rider certified third within the first race of the season with Kawasaki riders Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam beginning within the prime two spots. Nonetheless, Bautista was fast to take the lead within the opening lap itself as handed Haslam at the beginning adopted by Rea quickly after. The Ducati rider shortly cleared off the KRT bikes and Rea might barely preserve tempo.

By the top of the fourth lap, Bautista had constructed a lead of three seconds, whereas the space elevated to eight seconds by Lap 7. In the meantime, Haslam handed Rea by Lap four to take second however the latter reclaimed the second spot just a few corners later. Haslam handed Rea as soon as once more because the race crossed the midway level however the Kawasaki rider crashed quickly after placing Jonathan within the clear for P2. Nonetheless, the second spot was not a simple one with Yamaha rider Alex Lowes respiratory down Rea’s neck. Bautista, nevertheless, was unassailable at this level extending his lead over 10 seconds. The Ducati rider lastly crossed the end line, his first ever WSBK race, with a lead of almost 15 seconds.

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Rea completed second as Lowes misplaced third place to Marco Melandri on the GRT Yamaha on the ultimate lap. Different Yamaha rider Michael van der Mark completed fifth within the race adopted by Puccetti Kawasaki rider Toprak Razgatlioglu, who completed sixth after beginning 14th on the grid. BMW rider Tom Sykes completed seventh, with GRT Yamaha’s Sandro Cortese ending eighth. Barni Ducati rider Michael Ruben Rinaldi took ninth forward of Bautista’s teammate Chaz Davies.


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