Alvaro Bautista takes his ninth WorldSBK win and equals Neil Hodgson’s record by winning the first nine races of the year.
Alvaro Bautista has taken his ninth win in World Superbikes taking Ducati’s 350th World Superbike win. It was another light to flag win for Alvaro Bautista and the Aruba.it Racing Ducati team who dominated the 18 lap race around Motorland Aragon.
Once again the fight for 2nd was on with Leon Haslam getting involved in the group. Davies lead the group from early on whilst Rea and Lowes were scrapping for third in the mid part of the race. Unfortunately for the PATA Yamaha rider Lowes ran out of rear tyre and dropped off the group leaving Davies to fend of the Kawasaki’s of Rea and Haslam.
Rea, however, looked to be in trouble during the race making a few uncharacteristic mistakes, running off the track at turn 1, and running wide at a few corners but was still able to stay in the fight for 2nd.
Davies felt the pressure on the final lap running wide into turn 1 gifting Rea 2nd position leaving the Irishman to take his 9th 2nd position in 2019 ahead of Davies and Haslam.
Alex Lowes rounded out the top 5 with Eugene Laverty rounding out a tough weekend in 6th place. Torres, Van der Mark, Rinaldi and Cortese rounded out the top 10 with Melandri in 11th, Sykes in 12th after dropping off the pack early in the race, Camier came home in 13th onboard the Moriwaki-Althea HONDA Racing Team bike. The final two point positions went to Kiyonari and Markus Reiterberger on the BMW.
Alvaro Bautista makes it nine from nine, and in 7 days time it could be Twelve from Twelve as the World Superbike paddock rolls into Holland for the fourth round of the season.
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