Alvaro Bautista graced us with an impecable performance on his debut at Phillip Island in the world of World Superbike together with his new team Aruba.it Racing Ducati. He finished tha race over 15s ahead of reigning world champion Jonathan Rea.
The former MotoGP star had a very good start and took the lead of the race in the first lap. He overtook Rea, and started building up a lead which he managed and increased for the first half of the race.
With a considerable advantage in hand, more than 15 seconds to be exact, the Spanish rider took his time and made sure he got to the finish in one piece, managing to win on his World Superbike debut, a feat that no one has managed since Max Biaggi did it in 2007.
In his own time Rea had to defend as well towards the start of the race, an attack from his new Kawasaki team-mate, Leon Haslam, who sadly fell off his bike on the 13th lap. Rea then managed to build a gap between himself and third place.
With tire degradation coming into play towards the end of the race, Marco Melandri for GRT and Alex Lowes for Pata had a fierce fight over the last remaining podium position, the GRT Yamaha rider coming out on top for his team.
With Lowes in fourth, his Pata Yamaha team-mate, Michael van der Mark finished fifth, followed by Toprak Razgatlioglu for Turkish Puccetti Kawasai and Tom Sykes for BMW.
Sandro Cortese ended up 8th on his World Superbike debut with GRT followed by Michael Ruben Rinaldi for Barni Ducati and Chaz Davies, riding the factory Ducati, completing the top 10.
Jordi Torres finished 11th for Perdecini Kawasaki followed by Eugene Laverty, Markus Reiterberger and Leandro Mercardo.
Haslam, after falling off his bike managed only 15th. Meanwhile the Honda bikes had a tough start to the 2019 season. Ryuichi Kiyonari only managing 16th followed by Alessandro Delbianco in 17th. Leon Camier also fell.
Foto-credit: World SBK
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