WSBK: Alvaro Bautista Wins the Superpole Sprint Race in Aragon.

Published on September 24, 2023
By Dawn Hammersley

Bautista wins the Superpole race after an epic three-way battle with Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu.

For the World Superbike Superpole race Jonathan Rea was on pole position, Alvaro Bautista was in second place with Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu rounding out the front row of the grid in Aragon.

Jonathan Rea lead the field into turn one, Alvaro was in second place, Toprak was right on the back wheel of Bautista. Baldassari had a strong start and was in eighth place.

Rea was looking comfortable out at the front, Alvaro couldn’t drop Toprak, the Turkish rider was just biding his time to make his move for second place. Andrea Locatelli was in fourth place just in front of Michael Ruben Rinaldi.

Alvaro looked to be having rear tyre issues with eight laps remaining to the race, Rea had a 0.7s lead at the front. The leading trio were making a break from the rest of the field, Locatelli was trying his best to stay with the leaders.

With six laps to go Alvaro was right on Rea, Bautisa’s tyres were coming to him enabling more confidence for the Ducati rider. Toprak was sitting in third just waiting to see what happens in front of him.

Rea and Alvaro were side-by-side, Toprak took advantage of the battling and took second place from Alvaro. All-three riders were on the limit; all hungry for the Superpole victory!

On the final lap all-three riders were taking different lines into each corner, Alvaro swooped underneath Toprak for second place. Alvaro kept his head and was closing in on Rea, Alvaro passed the Kawasaki on the straight and crossed the line to take the win! Rea was second with Toprak finishing in third, Locatelli held on to fourth place, Rinaldi was fifth.

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