Alvaro Bautista controlled the final race of the World Superbike opening weekend at Phillip Island and achieved a historic treble of victories on his debut.
Saturday, the Aruba.it Racing Ducati pilot became the sixth in the history of the sport to achieve victory in his debut race. The last time this happened was in 2007 when Max Biaggi achieved the feat. The Spaniard however did not stop there, he enjoyed a perfect Sunday as well and managed a historic treble.
In the second race (third counting the sprint race), Bautista used his bike’s performance edge and his ability to preserve his tires and achieved a historic third win.
He started in pole position and managed to start building up a gap from the first lap. By the end, the Spanish pilot was around 18 seconds ahead of anyone else, a higher gap than even the one he managed on Saturday.
He thus became the second pilot in history to win all the races in a World SBK weekend. The first to manage this was john Kocinski (Misano 1996).
In the race, behind Bautista, Rea finished second ahead of his team-mate, Leon Haslam, with whom he had a very fierce battle throughout the race.
Michael van der Mark won the Yamaha battle for fourth with a last gap overtake on Marco Melandri, the Italian pilot being relegated all the way down to sixth with Alex Lowes also taking advantage of the severe degradation of his tyres and snatching fifth place from him.
Chaz Davies managed a good recovery race after starting 16th, he finished seventh just ahead of Sandro Cortese.
Eugene Laverty finished 9th for Go Eleven Ducati with Moriwaki Althea rounding out the top 10. Leandro Mercado took 11th for his team with Markus Reitenberger finishing 12th just ahead of his BMW team-mate Tom Sykes.
Jordi Torres and Ryuichi Kiyonari filled out the remaining points scoring positions with Michael Ruben Rinaldi finishing over a lap down the race leader because of a forced pit stop.
Toprak Razgatlioglu was forced to retire, with Troy Herfoss following suit, while Alessandro Delbianco fell off in the first lap.
Foto-credit: World SBK
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