WorldSBK: Alvaro Bautista bounces back at Magny-Cours

Published on September 10, 2023
By Luke Newman

Alvaro Bautista bounced back in the final race of the weekend at Magny-Cours and took victory.

With Toprak Razgatlioglu on pole for the first time this weekend ahead of Alvaro Bautista and Jonathan Rea will the Turkish rider complete a triple?

It was Bautista who grabbed the hole-shot as Razgatlioglu dropped back to third with Rea sliding through into second. Rea looked keen to get passed Bautista for the whole of the first lap as he lined up the Spaniard into every corner.

After a rather uneventful battle at the front for the first few laps Scott Redding and Dominique Aegerter created some drama. The two riders ended up on the floor after the BMW crashed into the Yamaha rider. A Red Flag was then thrown due to the incident. Redding was given a double long lap penalty for causing the incident.

With the grid reformed for the race to restart Bautista now started from pole ahead of Rea and Razgatlioglu. For the second time of asking Bautista grabbed the hole-shot again ahead of Rea and Razgatlioglu.

The restart saw Bradley Ray capitalise as he jumped up to eighth place in the race and then crashed out on the opening lap of the restart. As one Yamaha hit the deck another was moving forward as Razgatlioglu passed Rea.

Razgatlioglu and Rea were dicing for second as Bautista began to pull away from the two former WorldSBK Champions.

Behind the three World Champions four Italians were battling with eachother. Andrea Locatelli, Danilo Petrucci, Axel Bassani and Michael Ruben Rinaldi were all scrapping it out for fourth. But after a technical issue for Rinaldi the BMW of Garrett Gerloff joined the party.

Rea and Razgatlioglu had not stopped their battling while Bautista had completely checked out. The Yamaha and the Kawasaki rider were both determined to secure second place. In the end it was Razgatlioglu who beat Rea for second place.

But over the line there was no doubt who was the race winner as Alvaro Bautista claimed his first win of the weekend in the final race of the weekend at Magny-Cours.

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