Alvaro Bautista continues to make World Superbike history. He just won in his first World SBK race, and then proceeded to win the first ever super-pole sprint race by fending off Jonathan Rea in a battle that lasted the entirety of the race.
The World Superbike race weekend format for 2019 has changed, with a new third race being held over 10 laps being introduced. The winner taking home 12 championship points with the top nine placing riders taking sequential points.
Throughout the opening stages of the race, Bautista and Rea traded overtakes for the lead, however, at one point reigning world champion, Rea started to lose ground and Bautista used the new bike’s high top-end speed to get an advantage which took him to the finish line first.
With Bautista winning and Rea coming in second, Leon Haslam secured his first podium since returning to the World SBK Championship this year.
Alex Lowes finished fourth followed by Pata Yamaha team-mate Michael Van der Mark in fifth. Sixth place went to Marco Melandri who was followed by GRT Yamaha team-mate Sandro Corese in seventh.
Barni Ducati rider Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Go Eleven Ducati rider Eugene Laverty completed the top 9. Chaz Davies ended up 10th followed by Tom Sykes, Markus Reiterberger, Leon Camier and Ryuichi Kiyonari.
Foto-credit: Aruba.it Racing
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