WSBK: Alvaro Wins the Superpole Sprint Race, to take his Tenth Victory of the Season.

Published on May 7, 2023
By Dawn Hammersley

Alvaro Wins a Sketchy Superpole Sprint Race as Rain Came into Play in the Final Stages of the Race.

Yesterday’s race winner Alvaro Bautista was on pole position for the Superpole Race, Dominique Aegerter lined-up in second place, with Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea rounding out the front row.

Bautista lead the pack into turn one, Michael Ruben Rinaldi had a sharp start getting into second place, Alex Lowes was also on the move running in fourth place. Loris Baz crashed out on the first lap at turn five!

Alvaro was setting a fast pace at the front breaking away from the rest of the field, Toprak and Lowes were battling for fourth place, Lowes lost out and lost another place to Aegerter. Remy Gardner was having a good race in seventh place.

With eight laps to go Toprak was in second place, the Turkish rider has made a change to his riding position having changed the position of his fuel tank; the change really seems to be paying off.

Toprak took second place as Rinaldi ran wide at turn 10, with six laps to go would he reel in Alvaro? The Spaniard had just over a second lead at the front. Rinaldi wasn’t losing sight of Toprak in the battle for second place, Rea was in fourth place with Aegerter in fifth.

Drops of rain started to fall in sector two with three laps remaining to the race, this changed the dynamics of the race. Toprak and Rinaldi were dicing for second place even in the sketchy track conditions. The field was closing in as the pace slowed down due to the rain, Lowes was on the move and up to fifth. Rea took second place from Toprak, Rinaldi got pushed back to fifth.

Rea lost the front at turn one on the final lap, disaster for the Kawasaki rider. Locatelli took third place from Lowes, the field was now so condensed due to the weather conditions. Remy had to retire with a technical issue.

Alvaro crossed the line to take tenth victory of the season of the season, Toprak held onto second place with his team-mate Locatelli taking the final podium spot, Lecuona beat Lowes for fourth place.

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