WSB: Alvaro Bautista Wins Race Two in Aragon.

Published on September 24, 2023
By Dawn Hammersley

Alvaro Bautista wins his second race of the weekend and extends his championship lead from Toprak Razgatlioglu.

Alvaro Bautista was on pole position for the final WSBK race of the weekend at Aragon, Jonathan Rea was in second place, with Toprak Razgatlioglu lining up in third place.

Alvaro lead the pack of World Superbike riders into turn one, Rea snatched the lead a few corners later. Locatelli made it to third and out-drove Bautista at turn five, it was all a bit messy but Andrea managed to get in second place. Alvaro was in third place with Toprak in fourth.

Locatelli took the lead as Rea was pushed back to third, Alvaro saw his chance and passed Locatelli to lead the race. Toprak was on the move and passed Rea for third place. Would Locatelli let Toprak pass him to collect vital championship points?

Danilo Petrucci was up to 13th place after having to start from the back of the grid. Locatelli was holding on to second place even though he was coming under pressure from his team-mate. Toprak needed to get into second place to try and catch Alvaro; who was clearing off in the distance.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi was in fifth place, just behind Rea, the Ducati rider wasn’t letting the leading quartet pull away from him. Alvaro had a 1.9s gap at the front from Locatelli. Toprak just didn’t seem to have the pace to pass Andrea.

Disaster struck for Petrucci, his Barni Spark Ducati bike had an issue and he had to pull off track! The Italian was running in 11th place. Rinaldi passed Rea with ten laps to go in the race.

Michael Van Der Mark was top BMW running in tenth place. Rinaldi was closing in on the Pata Yamaha riders, Toprak needed to pass Locatelli to keep Rinaldi behind them. Alvaro extended his lead to over four seconds.

Toprak passed Locatelli for second place, smoke started to come from the back of Locatelli’s Yamaha R1, the Italian was Black Flagged and had to retire from the race. With just three laps remaining to the race Toprak’s mission to catch Alvaro was now just not possible.

Alvaro crossed the finish line to extend his championship lead by 47 points, Toprak was second with Rinaldi taking the final podium finish, Rea was fourth, Axel Bassani finished in fifth place.

Featured Image: Ducati


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