Outstanding performances by Spaniard mean that he is leading the championship by 13 points ahead of next round in Thailand.
Alvaro Bautista produced yet another very impressive win, as he went lights to flag in Race 2 as well to complete hattrick of wins. Getting as much as 18s in the lead, Bautista rolled off the gas completely on start finish straight to celebrate with his team, still winning by very comfortable 12s in the end. His race 2 also meant that he was the first rookie since John Kocinski in 1996 to win both main races on his debut in the championship.
Reigning champion Jonathan Rea was distant second, after managing to get on top in the 15 laps long battle with his team mate, reigning BSB champion Leon Haslam, and securing second position by mere 3 tenths of a second in the end. Three second places also meant that Rea had his first winless three race streak since middle of 2017. Four seconds behind Kawasaki duo a trio of Yamahas finished, as both Pata Yamaha team mates Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes put in a late charge to get ahead of GRT Yamaha of Marco Melandri to finish fourth and fifth across the line, with experienced Italian forced to settle for sixth. Bautista’s team mate Chaz Davies was across the line next in seventh after progressing from P16, his best result in what was very difficult weekend for the Welsh rider. Second GRT Yamaha rider Sandro Cortese took eight, just ahead of GoEleven Ducati’s Eugene Laverty, who took ninth, and Moriwaki Althea Honda of Leon Camier, who completed the top 10.
Just behind top 10 it was Orelac rider Leandro Mercado, who finished 11th, narrowly beating BMW’s Markus Reiterberger, as both were in tight fight with Camier for top 10 position in the end, trio being split by seven tenths of a second at the line. Reiterberger’s team mate Tom Sykes ended the race 1.4s behind him in 13th position with healthy gap to Pedercini’s Jordi Torres and Moriwaki Althea’s Ryuichi Kiyonari, who completed the point scorers in 14th and 15th place respectively, with Barni Ducati rider Michael Ruben Rinaldi the last of the rider, who completed the race, as he ended in 16th place and lap down on Bautista. Toprak Razgatlioglu, Troy Herfoss and Alessandro Delbianco, who also suffered technical issue before the start, did not finish the race.
Next round of the championship will happen in Thailand on Buriram track on 16th and 17th March.
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