Alvaro Bautista storms to yet another World Superbike victory, taking his 8th win in the class.
Former 125cc World Champion Alvaro Bautista stormed from Pole Position for yet another lights to flag win for Alvaro Bautista in the Tissot Superpole Race.
Michael Rinaldi’s race ended before it started after getting pinched at the apex by Jonathan Rea who was involved in yet another turn 1 incident but fetched PATA Yamaha’s Michael Van der Mark down with him. Melandri and Razgatlioglu also were involved but both were able to stay on and continue there races.
Once again the fight for 2nd was an exciting battle with Sandro Cortese leading Alex Lowes whilst Jonathan Rea made a good start to get in the fight. Lowes made the pass on Cortese who then quickly dropped off the group once Rea and Davies made their way past the German.
For the remainder of the race, the fight for 2nd was between the two main rivals from 2018, Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies with the Yamaha of Alex Lowes involved. However with a slight wind direction change, it looked like the V4 R didn’t quite have the speed it had in race 1, being Chaz Davies was stuck in 4th.
Alex Lowes and Jonathan Rea traded places for the final 2 podium spots with Rea making a mistake at turn 1 in the process, Lowes was leading Rea but a usual pass at turn 4 came from the four-time World Champion, but Lowes tried to repay the favour at turn 5 but had his nose chopped off by Rea.
From then Rea just had the advantage on Lowes despite late rear grip issues to hold on to 2nd with Chaz Davies finishing in 4th.
Tom Sykes had yet another top 5 place finish with Eugene Laverty bouncing back from a lot of misfortune in the last few races to finish 6th ahead of Leon Haslam. Jordi Torres finished 8th and Sandro Cortese took the final point finish in 9th.
Alvaro Bautista needs one more win to equal Neil Hodgson’s record from 2003 to win nine races from the first nine, can he do it? Find out at Now Moto.
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